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Are shaking chills unusual with mild cold and cough illness?

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Dr. Stephen Siegel
Internal Medicine - Pulmonology
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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