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Kawasaki Disease - Treatment

Written by Dr. Vivekanand, MBBS | Medically Reviewed by Dr. Sunil Shroff, MBBS, MS, FRCS (UK), D. Urol (Lond) on Dec 15, 2021
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Treatment For Kawasaki Disease

Even though the cause of Kawasaki disease is unknown, certain medicines are known to help. A high dose of aspirin helps to lower the fever. Aspirin also helps with the rash and the joint pain. It can keep your child's blood from making clots. As the fever reduces the dose of aspirin is also reduced gradually. Immunoglobulin's are also given intravenously (IV) and can decrease the risk of developing coronary artery abnormalities when given early in the illness. It usually takes a few weeks for a child to get over Kawasaki disease. The stay in the hospital varies from a few days till the illness begins to settle. It may take 3 or 4 weeks for your child to be fully back to normal. The child has to stay at home from school or day care until he or she feels strong enough to return.

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Remember

  • Disease starts with a fever that is not responding to paracetamol.
  • Treated with
  1. Acetaminophen or ibuprofen (for fever till diagnosis is sure)
  2. Aspirin
  3. Intravenous Gamma globulin.
  • Need to follow a strict follow-up by a paediatrician.
  • Most children with Kawasaki disease recover completely with proper therapy.

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