Health (13-36 mo)
About Kawasaki Disease
The Kawasaki disease usually affects the children. Infants or children younger than 5 years are prone to be infected. It is a rare disease. The Kawasaki disease is diagnosed in the areas of Asia and the Pacific region.
This disease inflames blood vessels. The actual reason or the phenomenon that causes this disease is still unknown. Some claims say it might be hereditary. There is no definitive research that proves what actually causes the disease. The disease is not fatal nor can be transferred from one human to another.
In Kawasaki disease, the child’s blood vessels are inflamed. It can also affect the heart vessels. The inflammation can get serious if it is not treated early. Early treatment can prevent the condition from becoming serious. Kawasaki disease can affect every child. There is no specification. Boys are more commonly affected than females. This disease is rare but cases were seen in the regions around Asia.
The following are the common symptoms of the disease. If you notice some of them in your child, consult a doctor and make sure you start the treatment early, before it reaches a serious level.
• You may notice redness in the following areas: feet, hands, eyes, lips, tongue
• You may also feel swelling in the following regions of the body: lymph node of neck, hands, feet, tongue
• You may also notice cracked lips
• You may also find rashes in the following areas of the child’s body: midsection and genital area
• Sore throat
• Joint pain
• Stomach pain.
The above-mentioned symptoms are the initial symptoms, you might also notice the skin of fingers peeling if the disease is serious. The child might also have a fever for 5 or more days.
How to diagnose?
If you have noticed any of the symptoms, the first thing you need to do is to visit the doctor. Diagnosis will involve various tests and evaluation of symptoms. The joint team of doctors involving a coronary specialist will offer and explain the treatment. If the condition worsens, it may affect the heart. That is why it is important to start treatment so that the disease doesn’t get serious.
Is it fatal?
No, this disease is not fatal. The disease may worsen if treatment is delayed and it can affect the heart. If the disease is treated promptly, there will be fast recovery.