Chills and fever are signs that something is wrong. If you treat your chills and fever but they persist, you should see your doctor to determine the underlying cause. Chill is a sensation of cold, with convulsive shaking of the body, accompanied by an elevation of temperature in the interior of the body; usually a symptom of an infectious disease.
Chills can occur after exposure to a cold environment. They also occur as a response to a bacterial or viral infection that causes a fever.
Chills are often related to fever; Every one of you may have experienced the wave of chills and exhaustion that a fever causes. When the brain increases the body's temperature set-point, the rest of the body gets confused and feels like it needs to meet that higher temperature.You feel cold because technically you are colder than your body's new set-point. In turn, the body works to generate heat to warm itself by contracting and relaxing muscles, hence the shivering.
- Viral infections , such as colds and flu, and bacterial infections, such as a urinary tract infection or pneumonia, often cause a fever.
- Fever is a symptom, not a disease. When you have a fever, your other symptoms will help you determine how serious your illness is.
- Chills are an important symptom with certain diseases such as Malaria.
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Although a fever is easy to measure, determining its cause can be hard. See your Doctor if you are experienceing any of the following:
- Stiffness of the neck,confusion, irritability, or sluggishness.
- A bad cough, shortness of breath, abdominal pain or burning, or frequent urination.
- A temperature of 101°F or more, in a child younger than 3 months.
- A child between 3 months and 1 year has a fever that lasts more than 24 hours.
- A fever that remains above 103°F after 1-2 hours of home treatment.
- A fever does not improve after 3 days, or has lasted more than 5 days.
Treatments vary depending on the cause of the fever.
- The most common treatments for fever include over-the-counter drugs such as acetaminophen (Tylenol) and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) and naproxen (Aleve). Children and teens should not take aspirin because it's linked to condition called Reye’s syndrome.