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Kawasaki Disease: Signs and Symptoms


What are the signs and symptoms of Kawasaki disease?

The disease most often begins with a high fever, between 102 and 104 degrees, that lasts an average of 10 days. The fever does not go down with usual doses of ibuprofen, acetaminophen or antibiotics.

Other symptoms of Kawasaki disease are:

  • Rash on the trunk of the body and genitals
  • Extremely red, bloodshot eyes
  • Red, swollen hands and feet
  • Red cracked lips and swollen tongue
  • Swollen lymph nodes in the head and neck

Children with Kawasaki disease are very swollen on the outside of their body, and the inflammation also occurs on the inside of the body in the blood vessels. Some children can develop problems with their blood vessels, especially the arteries that feed the heart (the coronary arteries).

Although Kawasaki disease is more common among people of Asian descent, children of any racial or ethnic background can be affected. Boys seem more susceptible to the disease than girls, but the reason is still unknown.