What Are Symptoms and Risk Factors of Kawasaki Disease?

Q:
What are symptoms and risk factors of Kawasaki disease?

A:
People with Kawasaki disease may have following symptoms in the first phase:

  • A fever that is often higher than 102.2 F (39 C) and lasts more than three days.
  • Very red eyes.
  • A rash on the main part of the body and in the genital area.
  • Red, dry, cracked lips and a very red, swollen tongue.
  • Swollen, red skin on the palms of the hands and the soles of the feet.
  • Swollen lymph nodes in the neck.
  • Irritability.

In the second phase, there may be following symptoms:

  • Peeling of the skin on the hands and feet, especially the tips of the fingers and toes.
  • Joint pain.
  • Diarrhea.
  • Vomiting.
  • Pain in abdomen.

Three factors can increase the risk of Kawasaki disease:

  • Age. Children under 5 are more likely to develop.
  • Sex. Boys are more likely than girls.
  • Ethnicity. Children of Asian or Pacific Island decent are more likely to develop.
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