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What are the usual symptoms and signs of Kawasaki's disease?

The usual symptoms and signs of Kawasaki's disease include

  • prolonged fever,
  • reddening of the eyes without pus (pinkeye),
  • cracked and inflamed lips and mucous membranes of the mouth with an inflamed "strawberry" tongue,
  • ulcerative gum disease (gingivitis),
  • swollen lymph nodes in the neck (cervical lymphadenopathy),
  • joint pain often on both sides of the body,
  • irritability,
  • cough and runny nose,
  • a rash that is raised and bright red, with cracking and peeling skin, especially on the palms and soles.

The rash appears in a glove-and-sock fashion over the skin of the hands and feet. The rash becomes hard, swollen (edematous), and then peels off.

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Comment from: nicole, 3-6 Male (Caregiver) Published: July 16

My son has Kawasaki's disease now. The first treatment worked. His was atypical. He did not get the rash. I took him to 3 different doctors begging for help and they kept saying it's just a virus. He could not move his neck, had blood red eyes, and fever. Then his feet started hurting so bad he could not walk. The first treatment worked. We are lucky to live in a place that has one of the best children's hospitals in the world. It saved his life.

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Comment from: brem, 0-2 Male (Caregiver) Published: August 14

My son contracted Kawasaki's disease in 1982 when he was 9 months old. We live in Johannesburg and at that time no one had seen the disease. He was put in isolation, and had a barrage of tests which all came back negative. He was so ill he couldn't even cry... nothing the doctors did helped and I thought I would lose him. It was only after 5 days when the skin started to peel on his hands and feet, that one of the doctors remembered reading about Kawasaki's disease, and started treating him with aspirin. Following discharge from hospital, he had regular checkups for the next two years. It was a very scary time and I was always aware of the possibility that his heart could be affected. Now thirty two, he always was and still is sports mad and plays rugby, gyms and boxes on a regular basis.

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