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Are shaking chills unusual with mild cold and cough illness?

Are shaking chills unusual with mild cold and cough illness?

Yes: Shaking chills and fever can be a sign of a bacterial infection. Often time pneumonia will start first with a viral illness such as a cold but if bacteria grows in the lungsand cause pneumonia, shaking chills, fever, worsening symptoms of cough, discolored phlegm begins. At that point a chest xray/medical evaluation and most likely appropriate antibiotic treatment is needed. ...Read more

Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Cough (Definition)

The cough reflex is a protective mechanism that uses muscles in your throat and chest to expel mucous and saliva that may contain pathogens that would otherwise possibly be inhaled via aerosol or to expel pathogens infecting the throat and respiratory system. Cough benefits the host by reducing load and benefits the pathogen which may then spread via aerosol. ...Read more


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What is the definition or description of: shaking chills?

What is the definition or description of: shaking chills?

Feeling cold: A sensation of feeling cold accompanied by uncontrollable shaking of the extremities, body and/or teeth often associated with the onset of a fever due to an infection. ...Read more

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What causes you to have shaking chills when you are sick?

Fever, blood infect: Shaking chills mostly go with blood infection called sepsis and are associated with high fever and white blood cell count. Allergic reactions and certain drug reactions can also cause this.
Of course it is possible to just get very cold while sick. Then the chills might have to do with that but don't take any chances. Sepsis can be life threatening, get checked out if you reach that state. ...Read more

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I had a sudden onset of shaking chills and a fever but no other symptoms is this something I should be concerned about?

I had a sudden onset of shaking chills and a fever but no other symptoms is this something I should be concerned about?

Yes possibly: You are describing rigors and could be a sign of bacteria in the blood. Please see a doctor if you have other episodes or other symptoms or if you feel unwell. ...Read more

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Can a sinus infection cause tremors, or shaking chills?

Can a sinus infection cause tremors, or shaking chills?

Yes: Yes if you are having sepsis from the sinus infection.
you better see your doctor for proper evaluation and treatment. You might need a doctor or even hospitalization. so please see a doctor. ...Read more

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My normal oral temp is 35.8 to36.5celcius. If my ear temp is 37do I have a fever. Have shaking chills too.

If you are having: "shaking chills" then there's a good possibility you may have a fever. see your doctor soon. If the oral or tympanic temperature is felt to be inaccurate then often times a rectal temperature will be checked. ...Read more

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Can a kindey stone get stuck in the urthera? I have throbbong and odd stingy felling all the time. Ever since I got the violent shaking chills-puking

Can a kindey stone get stuck in the urthera? I have throbbong and odd stingy felling all the time. Ever since I got the violent shaking chills-puking

Get evaluated.: I'd see your physician as soon as you can. I'm concerned that you may have a serious urinary tract infection, in addition to any stones you may have. A UTI and/or stone the bladder can cause significant pain and irritation that is felt in the urethra. It is possible for a stone to get stuck in the urethra, but this is very rare, especially in women, since it has already passed through the ureter. ...Read more

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I had shaking chills last. Happened a couple of weeks ago too. I slept it off both times. No fever tho. Should I worry about infection?

Shaking chills: Yes you should be concerned as this may indicate a recurring fever that could indicate an infection.
See your doctor for a check up. ...Read more

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If clear watery stool is passed after pm dose of split-dose moviprep w/ dizziness & shaking chills (bp<90/60). Can I half or skip am dose on coly day?

Depends: The more prep you take, the better the quality of your exam. If you feel up to it, you should try to take the morning dose. The last thing you want is to have to repeat this misery because of an unsatisfactory prep! If you just can't do it, you just can't do it. ...Read more

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I just started (2days) on low dose of thyroid med having flushing, nervousness, shaking, chills and sweating. Should I continue?

I just started (2days) on low dose of thyroid med having flushing, nervousness, shaking, chills and sweating. Should I continue?

No.: The symptoms sounds like hyperthyroidism. Stop the medication and go back to your physician. He can better determine whether this was from the medication or something else. ...Read more

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70y.o male had colonoscopy w.polyp biopsy 3/25/15. Has fever of 102.4, shaking, chills, and extremely pale in color. Unsure what to do. Thanks?

70y.o male had colonoscopy w.polyp biopsy 3/25/15. Has fever of 102.4, shaking, chills, and extremely pale in color. Unsure what to do. Thanks?

Take to ER: Call the doctor and take him to ER to make sure is not due to procedure related complication. (colonic perforation) ...Read more

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5 episodes in about 5 years. Nighttime GERD followed by shortness of breath and shaking chills which last about 3 hours. Chest X-ray negative. Barrett?

5 episodes in about 5 years. Nighttime GERD followed by shortness of breath and shaking chills which last about 3 hours. Chest X-ray negative. Barrett?

Not necessarily: The symptoms you describe would not indicate having barret's. Those symptoms may be a result of reflux and reflux is associated with barret's. But, barret's esophagus is an asymptomatic change in the lining of the esophagus. Barret's is not diagnosed based on symptoms. The symptoms described are important and should be discussed with your physician. ...Read more

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My husband has had cold chills, a high fever, shaking and numbness all over with a deep cough. Is there something he can take? He has had broccidis many times before

High: High fever and chills are worrisome for a serious infection (bacterial or viral). He could have bronchitis again or even pneumonia or the flu. The only way to be sure is to seek out medical care. It is possible that he may need antibiotics if he has a bacterial infection.
By the date of this post almost a week has passed, hopefully he has improved or has seen a doctor by now. If not, he should go right away.
Take care. ...Read more

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Feel like my bodies on fire an aches but I'm shaking with chills I just had baby 7 days ago been having itchy throat and cough all day what do suggest?

Feel like my bodies on fire an aches but I'm shaking with chills I just had baby 7 days ago been having itchy throat and cough all day what do suggest?

Upper resp infection: Most likely upper respiratory infection (viral). Try lots of rest and lots of vitamin c and fluids. Most time will go away in few days, otherwise need medications from md. ...Read more

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Viral acute bronchitis visit to urgent care 2 days ago given breathing trtmnt & sent home w/ meds. Developed 103°F fever, shaking chills, nt sweats, w/ worse cough & short of breath. Is it pneumonia?

Viral acute bronchitis visit to urgent care 2 days ago given breathing trtmnt & sent home w/ meds. Developed 103°F fever, shaking chills, nt sweats, w/ worse cough & short of breath. Is it pneumonia?

Probably infection: If the urgent care center didn't perform a rapid flu test, you should get one for prompt treatment that would be helpful. If test is negative, chest xray should be helpful to rule out pneumonia. ...Read more

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Toddler has had mild cold and cough for past 3 days - no fever. Last night he got a fever 101.5 and is now coughing regularly. Should I be concerned?

Toddler has had mild cold and cough for past 3 days - no fever. Last night he got a fever 101.5 and is now coughing regularly. Should I be concerned?

Maybe: Many colds eventually trigger middle ear infections or other secondary infections. You may want to contact the kids doc before the weekend and discuss the symptom pattern for guidance. A visit may or may not be needed. ...Read more

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With in cold and cough going small particle of blood. What should I do for this disease. ..I am very in tension to it.?

With in cold and cough going small particle of blood. What should I do for this disease. ..I am very in tension to it.?

See your doctor: Coughing up blood is not a normal symptom with the common cold. If it is just a small amount, it could just be from the nasal passages or irritation from coughing; however, this should not be taken lightly if it persists or the amount of blood increases. This could be a sign of a more serious condition or infection. ...Read more

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I'm 32 years old and the 23rd week of my pregnancy. Since 2 weeks I'm suffering through cold and cough and mild fever. Could you please help me?

I'm 32 years old and the 23rd week of my pregnancy. Since 2 weeks I'm suffering through cold and cough and mild fever. Could you please help me?

Please see your OB: Your symptoms may be due to something as simple as environmental allergies, to bronchitis, to sinusitis, to even a blood clot. Please have this evaluated and treated so you are healthy for the delivery. ...Read more

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Can you get a 48 hour flu or cold? I had a high fever, cough, chills, and gross mucus for 2 days but earlier today my fever broken and I've been feeling good all day. This is unusually fast. Is it going to relapse? Or can short bugs exist?

Can you get a 48 hour flu or cold? I had a high fever, cough, chills, and gross mucus for 2 days but earlier today my fever broken and I've been feeling good all day. This is unusually fast. Is it going to relapse? Or can short bugs exist?

URI, Anxiety: I commend you for your desire for good Health.
Feel good about your Immune system.
You can maintain this recovery by having rest, drinking lot of water, taking Vitamin C and Anti-oxidants.
You have Acne, Anxiety and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.
See a Psychiatrist for Diagnosis, Medication, and Therapy for stress in your life.
Do Breathing and Music Relaxation, Visual Imagery, Yoga and Meditation ...Read more

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I have, sore throat, chills and fatigue which disable me from getting out of bed, but normal temp 36.8. Is this more likely to be flu or common cold?

I have, sore throat, chills and fatigue which disable me from getting out of bed, but normal temp 36.8. Is this more likely to be flu or common cold?

Hard to guess: New throat pain can be strep throat (antibiotics are needed), a cold or influenza (antivirals may be used), or from some other cause such as allergies or irritants. Usually, a person sees the doctor if the sore throat is bothersome, recurrent, or doesn't go away quickly (to see if a prescription is needed). With chills and lots of fatigue, it's more likely a flu-like illness or strep throat. ...Read more

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My husband had un controllable chills last night, but no fever and he wasn't cold to the touch. He couldn't stop whole body from shaking.?

Chills: These are often related to the differential temperatures between the individual and the ambient atmosphere temp. Sometimes the stimulus from the area of the brain (hypothalamus) that serves as the body thermostat creates chilling to increase the body temp by muscular activity and he may have developed fever later after the chills. Need more info for more advice. ...Read more

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Chills, feeling cold, shaking, no fever, no other symptoms. Temperature was 97.3 last night but this morning up to 98.3, still cold feeling, what could it be? Have history of low vit k, could it be that again?

Anemia: Sometimes people with low blood counts (anemia) complain of feeling cold. Other possibilities could include hypothyroidism. Feeling cold with a normal temperature is somewhat of a vague symptom. You would benefit from a full medical history and symptom review as feeling cold as a single symptom does not truly distinguish what may be the underlying cause. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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My husband just woke up coughing and then the uncontrollable shaking began and now he is vomiting no fever, no chills, has COPD, is 48?

My husband just woke up coughing and then the uncontrollable shaking began and now he is vomiting no fever, no chills, has COPD, is 48?

SEE MD NOW: Can't tell here, but with COPD he is at increased risk for pneumonia, as well as other problems; vomiting and uncontrollable shaking is worrisome sign; may be viral or bacterial infection. SEE MD NOW ...Read more

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What could this be? My left calf is swollen and red, my ankles hurt, I am having cold chills and shaking badly, and I sometimes can't make it to the bathroom.

You: You might have cellulitis, an infection. The fact that you're having chills is concerning me. If you can't get your doctor on the phone right away, please go to the er asap. ...Read more

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Why I am shaking cold even though very warm in the house and bundled up? I keep getting these severe chills, hands are freezing. Legs keep shaking and clenching. Chills and shaking so bad I feel like I may fall down or faint.

Why I am shaking cold even though very warm in the house and bundled up? I keep getting these severe chills, hands are freezing. Legs keep shaking and clenching. Chills and shaking so bad I feel like I may fall down or faint.

Thyroid: Perhaps the thyroid gland is not working. It regulates your metabolism as far as keeping you at a normal temperature. Your thyroid gland is located in your neck. Blood tests show how well it is working.
Under active thyroid could be causing you these symptoms. Infection somewhere in the body could also lead to decreased temperature.
Don't delay seek medical attention today. ...Read more

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For a 57+ yr female can nose pain, sneezing, cough, feeling cold, headache & mild fever (all for 2 days) indicate any post cardiac problem symptom?

For a 57+ yr female can nose pain, sneezing, cough, feeling cold, headache & mild fever (all for 2 days) indicate any post cardiac problem symptom?

This depends on what: You mean by post cardiac. Did the patient have cardiac surgery? Myocardial infarction? cardiac infections? Arrhythmia treatments. If you are concerned it would be best to have the patient evaluated by her health care providers rather than relying on the internet where we have limited information and no ability to examine the patient. ...Read more

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For a 57+ yr female can nose pain, forehead pain, sneezing, cough, feeling cold, headache & mild fever (all for 2 days) indicate heart failure?

For a 57+ yr female can nose pain, forehead pain, sneezing, cough, feeling cold, headache & mild fever (all for 2 days) indicate heart failure?

Pos sinusitis or Flu: This could be flu. Has your nasal discharge turned to yellow or greenish? If so need antibiotics for sinusitis. The forehead pain suggests sinusitis, but can occur with febrile illness. Should not fool around w sinusitis, too close to brain. Is your nose stuffed? If so use afrin or a decongestant if you tolerate them. Would contact your PMD for further recommendations and an examination. ...Read more

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To get relief from cold and cough which tablet will work faster?

To get relief from cold and cough which tablet will work faster?

Cold ; cough: Cold and cough can have different causes, if it is an infection, an over the counter decongestant can help, if it is allergies, you need an antihistamine and nasal spray. See your doctor to determine what is causing your symptoms. If this is chronic see an allergist. ...Read more

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Suffring from cold and cough. Please reffer me some healthy medicine which is available in indian market.

Suffring from cold and cough. Please reffer me some healthy medicine which is available in indian market.

Many OTC: But availability in india u would have 2 speak with a pharmacist in ur area. Same if ur mean native american. ...Read more

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What should I give my 1.3 year old son in the event of cold and cough?

What should I give my 1.3 year old son in the event of cold and cough?

No cough suppressant: Many pediatric studies have shown that cough suppressants do not work in children, and some kids have adverse drug reactions to them. Ibuprofen or Acetaminophen would be fine for any pain relief if they have muscle aches or a headache (both hard to evaluate in a 1.3 year old). If they seem uncomfortable it is ok to try a dose to see if they improve. ...Read more

Shaking (Definition)

Shaking is a symptom in which a person has tremors (shakiness or small back and forth movements) in part or all of his body. Shaking can be due to cold body temperatures, rising fever (such as with infections), neurological problems, medicine ...Read more


Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Common Cold (Definition)

An upper respiratory tract infection, or URI, is a condition where there is a viral infection of the nose or throat, causing redness and inflammation, runny ...Read more