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Kawasaki Disease

 

Kawasaki disease is inflammation of the arteries, affecting skin, mucous membranes, lymph node, heart, and immune system of children usually below 5 years of age.

Causes
The causes for this disease are not known.

Symptoms

  • Fever over 102 °F that may last upto two weeks
  • Red eyes
  • Red, chapped or cracked lips
  • Swelling and white coating on the tongue
  • Red bumps on the back of tongue
  • Red and peeling palms and soles
  • Rash on the trunk
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Swelling and pain in joints

Treatment
Early treatment can cure the disease and may include:

  • High doses of intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG)
  • Aspirin therapy

Prevention
Kawasaki disease cannot be prevented.