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What are the symptoms of Kawasaki disease?

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Kawasaki disease comes on fast and symptoms show up in phases. It can lead to heart trouble – almost always in little kids – as soon as 10 days to 2 weeks after the first symptoms. Signs include:

  • Fever above 101 F that doesn’t respond to medication for several days
  • Rash and/or peeling skin, often between the chest and legs and near the genitals, and later on the fingers and toes
  • Swelling and redness in hands and bottoms of feet, followed by sloughing of skin of hands and feet
  • Redness in the eyes
  • Enlarged glands, especially in the neck
  • Irritated throat, inner mouth, and lips
  • Swollen, bright red “strawberry tongue”
  • Joint pain
  • Stomach trouble, with diarrhea and vomiting

From: Kawasaki Disease WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Heart Association, “Kawasaki Disease.”

Centers for Disease Control, “Kawasaki Disease.”

Kawasaki Disease Foundation, “What Is Kawasaki Disease?”

Mayo Clinic, “Heart Disease.”

Mayo Clinic, “Kawasaki Disease.”

Vasculitis Foundation, “Kawasaki Disease.”

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on March 1, 2020

SOURCES:

American Heart Association, “Kawasaki Disease.”

Centers for Disease Control, “Kawasaki Disease.”

Kawasaki Disease Foundation, “What Is Kawasaki Disease?”

Mayo Clinic, “Heart Disease.”

Mayo Clinic, “Kawasaki Disease.”

Vasculitis Foundation, “Kawasaki Disease.”

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on March 1, 2020

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