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3 Mysterious Facts About Kawasaki Disease, And Why You Should Take Mild Chest Pain Very Seriously

by Charlie Berry

Kawasaki disease is a rare condition that most frequently strikes children under the age of 5 years old. It predominately affects males of Asian descent, but there have been reported cases in females, and children of all races and ethnicities. The condition lasts for several weeks during which the sufferer can be in a great amount of pain and discomfort. However, most adults who have had it in the past don't even remember because they were too young at the time of its onset. There are no specific tests to check for Kawasaki disease, but that's just one of the reasons why it's so mysterious. Here are three more.

It Appeared Suddenly

Kawasaki disease was first reported in Japan in 1961 by Dr.Tomisaky Kawasaki. Some time later, it was discovered that the state of Hawaii witnessed sudden occurrences of the disease at roughly the same point in time as Japan. Nobody knows how or why this disease suddenly cropped up, but today national surveys indicate that roughly 4 - 15 children in the United States out of every 100,000 under the age of 5 contracts this mysterious illness. It is currently the leading cause of acquired heart disease in children living in developed countries.

It Can Affect Any Part Of The Body

The disease is characterized by a sudden bout of inflammation, which can happen in nearly any part of the body. A sufferer might experience redness and swelling of the skin, eyes, joints, mouth, and/or throat. It can also affect the lymph nodes, spinal cord, brain, or blood vessels. When Kawasaki disease attacks the heart, the damage can occur in the heart muscle, the heart valves, or the membranes surrounding the heart. Because of the many different ways in which the illness presents itself, Kawasaki disease often goes misdiagnosed, or not diagnosed at all. 

Its Complications Can Lie Dormant For Decades

Kawasaki disease is especially dangerous when it attacks the heart or blood vessels surrounding the heart. The rapid inflammation can cause veins and arteries to bulge, creating dangerous, life-threatening aneurysms. As scarring slowly occurs around these aneurysms, a sufferer can experience sudden blockages of the veins, arteries, or heart valves decades after having been free of the disease. The only sign leading up to this distress is usually mild and occasional chest pains. Once a blockage occurs, surgical procedures are usually necessary to correct the issue.

The Takeaway

Not much is known about Kawasaki disease, but it is known that early detection and management provides the best prognosis. When detected in its preliminary stages, most children with the illness will recover in 6 - 8 weeks and have a lesser risk of future complications than those where detection was missed.

Besides redness and swelling in various parts of the body, the symptoms of Kawasaki disease include bloodshot eyes, persistent fever lasting more than 5 days, and peeling skin on fingers, toes, bottoms of the feet, and palms of the hand. Rashes on the body torso may also be apparent during the beginning stages of Kawasaki disease. If you see a young person with any of these symptoms, get them to the emergency room right away. While there are no specific tests to diagnose Kawasaki disease, doctors can pinpoint its existence by performing tests to rule out other medical conditions.

If you know that you've had Kawasaki disease in the past, be sure to report this information to your doctor. 

Also, since you may have had Kawasaki disease as a child and not even know it, get to the emergency room immediately if you experience chest pains, regardless of your age. Chest pains could be a sign of extended heart damage caused by childhood Kawasaki disease. 


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I used to be skeptical about chiropractic healing. However, that was before I tried it for myself. I was in an accident that did serious damage to my back. I followed all of the doctor’s recommendations, did my physical therapy, and still didn’t feel any better. That was when I finally decided to try going to my friend’s chiropractor. It was such a relief when I finally started to feel better thanks to the great chiropractic care I received. That’s when I decided to start researching chiropractic care and how it could be used to treat different conditions. This blog contains the results of that research. If you’re looking for a way to feel better, you too may benefit from chiropractic healing. These articles will help you learn how.