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At Diplomat, we understand the unique needs of patients with Kawasaki disease (KD) and the concerns of their caregivers. Because KD often occurs in children younger than 5, we know the diagnosis can come with extra stress. The disease inflames blood vessels, so early and punctual treatment is key reduce the risk of damage to arteries and the heart. That’s why we’re here to help in any way we can, delivering immune globulin treatments on time and answering questions 24/7. If cost is an issue, our funding team goes to work, looking for a way to provide patients with the medication they need. We’re on their team, always here to serve.
One of the first steps after a Kawasaki disease diagnosis is understanding the condition. The information on this site and linked sites is not meant to replace your physician’s advice, medical care or a diagnosis. If you have questions about your disease, please ask your prescriber.
Kawasaki disease involves inflammation of the walls of the arteries and, sometimes, the lymph nodes, skin and mucous membranes (eyes, mouth, nose, etc.). Kawasaki disease most often affects children younger than 5 years old. Boys, especially of Asian or Pacific Island descent, are more likely to contract Kawasaki disease than girls.
Patients with Kawasaki disease typically experience a fever accompanied by a rash (exhibiting on hands, feet, eyes and body). Kawasaki disease can cause long-term damage to the blood vessels. If it goes untreated, Kawasaki disease can lead to serious cardiac issues, including a risk of clots and restricted blood flow.
Possible symptoms include high fever lasting more than five days, swollen cervical lymph nodes and “strawberry tongue,” which occurs when the tongue appears bright red. Rashes and swelling in the hands and feet, bloodshot eyes, and redness on palms and the soles of feet can also occur.
If diagnosed early, treatment can be highly effective. Therefore, it’s crucial for caregivers to pay close attention and consult a doctor if a child has a fever lasting more than five days.
The information contained herein may not be construed as medical advice. It is for educational purposes only. Diplomat Pharmacy Inc. takes no responsibility for the accuracy or validity of the information contained herein, nor the claims or statements of any manufacturer.