What are the symptoms of Kawasaki disease?

Symptoms of Kawasaki disease often appear in different stages:

Early symptoms

  • High fever that lasts for longer than 5 days and does not go away with medication or other treatment
  • Tongue that appears bright red, swollen and bumpy (also called strawberry tongue)
  • Dry, cracked or peeling lips
  • Very red eyes
  • Rash on stomach, back or genitals

Later symptoms

  • Swelling of the hands or toes
  • Peeling of the fingers or toes
  • Stomach pain or vomiting

When should I call the doctor?

Call the doctor if:

  • Your child’s fever does not get better after 5 days even with treatment
  • Your child has other early symptoms of Kawasaki disease
Rev. 5/2018