Kawasaki disease symptoms – from a rash to low blood pressure, the five signs to look out for

CORONAVIRUS has so far taken its greatest toll on the elderly and those with chronic health conditions.

But reports about a linked syndrome in children have raised fears it could pose a greater risk to the young than first thought.

Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates on Covid-19

An inflamed tongue is a symptom
An inflamed tongue is a symptom

What are the symptoms of Kawasaki disease? 

Kawasaki disease is a condition that mainly affects children.

It’s also known as mucocutaneous lymph node syndrome.

The characteristic symptoms are a high temperature that lasts for 5 days or more, with:

  • A rash
  • Swollen glands in the neck
  • Dry, cracked lips
  • Red tongue
  • Red fingers or toes
  • Red eyes

After a few weeks, and with the correct treatment, the symptoms become less severe, but it can take longer than this in some children.

A rash is a common characteristic of the disease
A rash is a common characteristic of the disease

What are the symptoms of the new Kawasaki-like disease? 

The World Health Organisation (WHO) issued a preliminary definition of a new syndrome that is similar to Kawasaki disease.

It has emerged during the current coronavirus pandemic but has also appeared in children who did not test positive for Covid-19.


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The condition affected children and adolescents showing fever for more than three days, with elevated markers of inflammation.

The children also showed at least two of the following symptoms: 

  • Rash or signs of inflammation around the tongue, hands or feet
  • Shock or low blood pressure
  • Heart problems
  • Evidence of bleeding disorder
  • Acute gastrointestinal problems

WHO epidemiologist Maria Van Kerkhove said:”We know so far very little about this inflammatory syndrome.”

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Who is most affected by Kawasaki disease? 

Kawasaki disease most frequently affects children five years of age or younger. 

In extremely rare cases, it may occur during adolescence or adulthood.

It comes as medical chiefs added loss of taste and smell as new official symptoms of coronavirus.

It means anyone suffering from either will have to self-isolate for seven days and their family remain indoors for 14.


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