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Chills (Overview)

Chills may occur at the beginning of an infection and are usually associated with a fever. Chills are caused by rapid muscle contraction and relaxation, and are the body's way of generating heat when it feels that it is cold. Chills often predict the coming of a fever, or an increase in the body's core temperature.


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Just had baby 7 days ago and I have chills. What do you suggest?

Just had baby 7 days ago and I have chills. What do you suggest?

See your doctor: Have you taken your temperature? Do you have other symptoms? Is the baby ok? Check with the ob/gyn or your family doctor. ...Read more

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Chills (Overview)

Chills may occur at the beginning of an infection and are usually associated with a fever. Chills are caused by rapid muscle contraction and relaxation, and are the body's way of generating heat when it feels that it is cold. Chills often predict the coming of a fever, or an increase in the body's core temperature.


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Is a shower good for chills?

Might help: Chilling is one mechanism the body uses to raise the core temperature an occurs prior to the temperature going up. Also occurs in response to the differential between your and the environment's temperatures. If you take a hot shower you diminish the differential and may help alleviate the chilling. ...Read more

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What causes chills?

Fever going up: One of the factors in producing an increase in body temperature is muscular activity. A long distance runner will generate very high body temperatures. One of the ways in which the body produces an elevation of temperature is by chilling, which is a form of muscular activity. The other factor is the differential between the body temperature and the external temperature. ...Read more

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What could cause chills?

Many things.: Chills and rigor are synonyms and are seen due to the release and action of cytokines and prostaglandins as part of the immune response which also increase the body's set temperature in the hypothalamus. The person then feels cold in its environment and has chills. These are caused by influenza, tonsillitis, pneumonia, biliary sepsis, pyelonephritis, abscess, malaria, amphotericin b, and others. ...Read more

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I get chills when my boss comes around my cubicle. What can I do?

Chills: This is a psychological reaction and is not an illness. Time will probably take care of the problem. ...Read more

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Why would low body fat cause chills?

It doesn't "cause": chills, it just means you have less insulation against the ambient temperature. ...Read more

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What are some causes of slight chills when being in the hot sun for a while? I am out of the sun and they are gone now, but I was just wondering.

The sun itself: Being out in the sun can be stressful on the body. So sometimes people will get something like chills that may be more so related goose bumps, which often occurs because stress can set off the sympathetic nervous system. It can also be related to a degree of "sun poisoning" which can also set of a strong stress response and give you flu like symptoms. ...Read more

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Can losing 30lbs in 5 months cause a person to have chills?

Yes: A thyroid disorder could cause chills. Hopefully this wait loss was intentional. Otherwise sounds like you should see your doctor for a more complete history and exam ...Read more

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