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Kawasaki Disease

By on July 13, 2012 in Diseases with 0 Comments

 

What is Kawasaki disease?

Kawasaki disease is a disease that can be acquired by children (usually children under 5 years).

How soon will my child recover from Kawasaki disease?

Generally, a child takes several weeks to recover from Kawasaki disease. You must make your child stay home and not go to school or daycare until they feel strong enough to return.

What are the symptoms of Kawasaki disease?

Kawasaki disease can cause any of the following symptoms:

  • Fever.
  • Rash.
  • Red eyes.
  • Swollen lymph nodes.
  • Heart problems.
  • Joint problems.

What is the cause of Kawasaki disease?

No one knows what causes Kawasaki disease. Some doctors think it may be caused by a virus or bacteria. The illness can last from 2 weeks to several months.

How will my doctor know that my child has Kawasaki disease?

Your doctor will conduct a review to your child and ask about his symptoms. There is no special test for Kawasaki disease, but your doctor may do some tests to see if it is possible that another disease is causing the symptoms.

Children with Kawasaki disease have fever (sometimes as high as 104 ° F) for 5 days or more. Generally, they also have at least 4 of the following symptoms:

  • An irregular reddish rash that can cover the entire body.
  • Swollen lymph nodes in the neck.
  • Hands and feet swollen and red, and later in the disease, peeling of skin on fingers and toes.
  • Changes in the lips and mouth.
  • Red eyes.

Some children with Kawasaki disease also have diarrhea, vomiting and stomach pain. Kawasaki disease may make your child very irritable and angry.

 

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