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What do I expect after treatment for Kawasaki disease?

Most children treated for Kawasaki disease fully recover from the acute phase. They don't need further treatment. They should, however, follow a healthy diet and adopt healthy lifestyle habits to reduce the risk of future heart disease (this is advised for all children, not just those who have Kawasaki disease).
Children treated with immune globulin should wait 11 months before having measles and chicken pox vaccines. Immune globulin can prevent these vaccines from working properly.
Ongoing Health Care Needs
If Kawasaki disease has affected your child's coronary arteries, he or she will need ongoing care and treatment. It's best if a pediatric cardiologist provides this care to reduce the risk of severe heart problems. A pediatric cardiologist is a doctor who specializes in treating children who have heart problems.
This answer from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute has been reviewed and/or edited by Dr. William D. Knopf.

After a few weeks, signs of illness start to go away.

  • Deep grooves can appear across fingernails and toenails.
  • Pain and swelling of the joints, especially the knees can occur.
  • Complications can happen involving the blood vessels of the heart or congestive heart failure.
  • Complications with Kawasaki’s syndrome are much more common in children who do not receive treatment.

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