About Kawasaki Disease – Symptoms Causes and Risk Factor

Kawasaki Disease is a medical condition in which inflammation occurs in walls of small and medium sized arteries throughout your body.  Kawasaki disease is also known as mucocutaneous lymph node syndrome as it basically affects skin, lymph nodes and mucous membranes present in mouth, throat and nose.

Kawasaki Disease

The main signs of Kawasaki disease are high fever and skin peeling. The various symptoms of Kawasaki disease are:

Kawasaki disease symptoms occur in phases.

When a person is affected by first phase of Kawasaki disease, he or she may suffer from following symptoms:

  • Extreme redness in eyes without any thick discharge
  •  Fever higher than 101.3 F lasting more than 2-3 weeks.
  • The skin of palms and soles of feet turn red colored and swollen.
  • Rashes on main parts of body as well in the genital areas.
  • Irritability
  • Lips become dry, cracked, red and extremely red with swollen tongue
  • Swollen lymph nodes in neck

In the second phase of Kawasaki disease, the affected person may suffer from the following Kawasaki disease symptoms:

  • Diarrhea
  • Joint pain
  • Vomiting
  • Peeling of skin on feet and hands.
  • Abdominal pain

In the third phase, the symptoms of Kawasaki disease generally go away. But if complications develop, it may last for 8 weeks before the affected person regains his or her energy levels in normal way.

Causes of Kawasaki disease in adults and children

It is sad to say that the exact causes of Kawasaki disease are still not known. Scientists believe that it is a contagious ailment. Number of theories has developed which have linked Kawasaki disease with bacteria, virus and other environmental factors, but none of them has got proven right. Instead it has been seen that genetic factor increases the person’s risk of getting affected by Kawasaki disease.

Kawasaki Disease Foundation

Kawasaki disease foundation is a non-profit institution which deals with all issues relating Kawasaki disease. Professionals, parents and patients all have come forward, become partners of this Kawasaki disease foundation and are actively, dedicatedly working towards the issues pertaining to Kawasaki disease.  This non-profit foundation basically focuses on providing awareness, support and research.

Risks factors for the development of symptoms of Kawasaki disease

There are three risk factors that increase the chances of development of symptoms of Kawasaki disease in adults as well as in children and they are:

  • Age: children who are below the age of 5 years are at major risk of Kawasaki disease.
  • Ethnicity: children who belong to Korea or Japanese are the major sufferers of symptoms of Kawasaki disease.
  • Sex: Boys are the main victims in comparison to girls when it comes to Kawasaki disease.