Kawasaki disease is a disease that attacks the skin, mouth, and lymph nodes, and most often affects children under 5 years old.
According to data Kidshealth, kawasaki disease occurred in 19 out of every 100,000 children in the United States. This disease generally affects children of Japanese descent and Korea, but also can affect all ethnic groups.
The disease was first introduced in 1967 by Dr. Tomisaku Kawasaki in Japan. Hence the name of this disease called Kawasaki.
The cause is unknown, but if recognized early symptoms, children with Kawasaki disease can fully recover within a few days. Untreated, can lead to serious complications that can affect the heart.
Kawasaki disease can not be prevented, but usually have a sign of symptoms and signs that appear in several phases. The first phase, which can last up to 2 weeks, patients are usually higher than 104 ° Fahrenheit (39 ° Celsius) and lasts for at least 5 days.
Other symptoms that typically develop include: eye redness, rash on the abdomen, chest, and genitals, lips red, dry, chapped lips, swollen tongue coated with white bumps and red, itchy throat, swelling of the palms and soles of the feet with purple-red, and swollen lymph nodes.
Children with Kawasaki disease should be hospitalized and cared for by a doctor who has experience with this disease.