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Kawasaki disease is a disease that causes swelling of the blood vessels throughout the body. It causes a high fever and rash. It can also affect the blood vessels supplying the heart muscle (coronary arteries). This page from Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) explains the causes and symptoms of Kawasaki disease and how it can be treated.
What causes Kawasaki disease?
What are the symptoms of Kawasaki disease?
- feeling unwell
- fever (high temperature) over 38°C for five days or longer
- swollen lymph nodes (glands in the neck)
- rash (especially on the chest)
- palms of the hands and soles of the feet turn bright red, become puffy and the skin can peel
- bloodshot eyes
- redness on the inside of the lips and tongue and inside the mouth.