Kawasaki disease is a rare childhood condition that affects the coronary blood vessels of the body that carry oxygen to the heart. The disease is most common in children as young as 1 to 2 year olds but it may also occur in children over 8 year old. The symptoms of the condition range from fever that lasts for over 5 days with red eyes, body rashes, swollen or red lips and tongue or swollen lymph nodes in the neck.
HOW IS KAWASAKI DISEASE DIAGNOSED?
Diagnosis of Kawasaki Disease does not have a specific protocol, the aim is to rule out other diseases. General physicians may order for urine and blood tests for ruling out other diseases. Electrocardiogram and echocardiogram help diagnose the heart’s condition.
HOW IS KAWASAKI DISEASE TREATED?
Treatment involves administering immunoglobulin medicine intravenously to reduce the inflammation of the blood vessels. Aspirin will help in reducing pain and fever.
DID YOU KNOW?
Some of the symptoms of this disease like cracked skin and tongue may continue for days but there is nothing to worry about. With right treatment and self-management that issue can be tackled.