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Dr. Ronda Dennis-Smithart
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Chills (Overview)

Chills = sensation of cold with shivering.


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What causes chills?

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

Dr. Ronda Dennis-Smithart
303 Doctors shared insights

Chills (Overview)

Chills = sensation of cold with shivering.


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What to do for chills?

Infection?: Chills are usually a symptom of an infection. Sometimes kidney infections can present in this manner. I would have your doctor check your blood counts and a urine and do a full exam. ...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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How to you treat chills?

Treat the fever: Usually chills are a result of a fever. This fever is usually greater than 100.4 to 101. Although you can often treat chills by treating a fever it is important not to ignore that a high fever can indicate severe illness. During illnesses that are associated with high fevers it is also important to maintain hydration. Always see your doctor if a fever lasts more than 4 days. There are other cause. ...Read more

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What are chills a sign of?

Chills: The major circumstances in which chills occur are as an accompaniment to fever and after exposure to a cold environment. They are one of the body's mechanism for increasing body temperature when the hypothalamic "thermostat" has been set higher. The muscle activity of chilling generates heat. ...Read more

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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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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 causes chills only on the right side of my body?

Nervous condition: A unilateral symptom often indicates some type of neural process. I would ask your doctor for a thorough evaluation, because this could progress to something more serious. I would worry about a stroke or a mini-stroke affecting one half of your nerves. Nerves remember control everything from pain, to tingling, to itching, to temperature, to the 'standing up of the hairs' on the back of your neck! ...Read more

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What does it mean when I get chills and then hot all over?

Infection: Feeling rigors, chills and fever may indicate you have an infection in your bloodstream called sepsis. I would go to the ER immediately. At your age, these may also be a menopausal hot flash. ...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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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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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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What exactly does it mean when a person suddenly gets the chills?

Scary movie?: Seriously thoughmost often chills are an accompaniment to fever from an infectious process or cold exposure. Definitely see your doctor on this one if recurring as it could be something more serious like lupus or some kind of cancer. ...Read more

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I have the chills sensation, but I am not cold? What could this be?

Several possibilitie: The chills are most commonly associated with high anxiety. When you have anxiety it sends hormones throughout the body and causes several changes at your skin level. Many people get goosebumps and their hair actually stands on end. ...Read more

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It's 80 degree, I'm not currently sick, and I'm experiencing tons of chills. Why might this be?

Chills???: Chills are frequently the way the body warms itself up by making the muscles contract and relax. Why you are doing that I do not know. Did you just jump into a cold lake or refrigerated room? Do you feel ill? Do you have any other symptoms other than chills? If it continues and you develop any other symptoms go see a physician! ...Read more

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What's the difference between the chills and just being cold? Because idk which one I'm feeling.

What's the difference between the chills and just being cold? Because idk which one I'm feeling.

Fever: "Chills" refers to shivering in an adequately warm environment. This occurs when the body is developing a fever and trying to raise its temperature rapidly. Feeling cold is the skin temperature feeling uncomfortably cold due to a colder than comfortable environment. This also could be a mild fever, but is less likely to indicate fever. Check temperature to differentiate. ...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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I am in alot of pain. Sharp on my lower side that comes and goes. It hurts when I try to turn my body, I have to lay on my back. I'm getting chills?

I am in alot of pain. Sharp on my lower side that comes and goes. It hurts when I try to turn my body, I have to lay on my back. I'm getting chills?

Go to the ER: Fever and chills along with pain that prevents you from turning over sounds like it could be serious. I suggest you go to the ER to have someone check you over. ...Read more

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I have felt naseaous on saturday and sunday and this was the 3rd time this month I have felt this way. I had chills and no appetite and diahhrea. When?

I have felt naseaous on saturday and sunday and this was the 3rd time this month I have felt this way. I had chills and no appetite and diahhrea. When?

IBS?: Irritable bowel syndrome covers many of your symptoms.
This requires a dr who listens and a patient who is receptive.
This is not easy-takes work on both for parts. ...Read more

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I've been really hot and get cold chills what's wrong with me? I'm usually verry cold. All my life I've needed jacets on. But the past week or so I've been really hot and get random coldchills. It's to the point I barely need a jacket outside. Help please

Chills: Chills can be a sign of infection, especially if you have fever as well. Do you have any other signs of infection (sore throat, ear pain, burning with urination, rashes etc.?). If your chills don't go away you should visit your doctor for a medical exam and treatment as deemed necessary.
Best of luck. ...Read more

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Chills and painful urine?

Chills and painful urine?

Painful: Chills and painful urination can be signs of a urinary tract infection, urethritis (irritation of the ureter) or even a sexually transmitted disease. It would be best to go to a doctor and have your urine tested. ...Read more

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What to do if having chills?

What to do if having chills?

Chills: The answer of what to do for chills depends on the underlying cause. If it is a simple temperature issue, put on a coat. However, there are number of medical conditions that can cause chill that you should seek medical evaluation for. These include a wide variety of infection, cancer, and hormonal causes. See your doctor if you suspect any of these. ...Read more

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How long do yohimbe cold chills last?

How long do yohimbe cold chills last?

Probably not long: It is hard to find reliable information on this. If you get chills it's an indication that you have taken a dangerously high dose & I would caution against taking high doses again. The best info I found show that the "half-life" is about an hour but this is for the yohimbine component & the chills are caused by other alkaloids with unknown half lives-but I expect it would last a few hours at most. ...Read more

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Why am I always cold like I got chills?

Cold: If this has just started then you might have infection. If this is something that has been for awhile you could have a hormonal problem ...Read more

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Had a sudden chills and shaking feeling.?

Could be infection: Hi HVance
chills, a shaking feeling or really shaking with even teeth chattering can be due to an infection with virus or bacteria. If you also have a measureable temperature, or any other suggestions of infection (for example urinary symptoms, an open wound) seek emergency medical attention. Really!! But it can also be a temporary reaction, for example to sun exposure. Take care!! ...Read more