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Are you Having Chills?

Updated on April 1, 2017

Are you having Chills? In ancient culture, chills are associated with impending doom or feeling of something about to happen. Although this notion is wrong but not so far off from the truth. Chills are most associated with fever. It causes you to shake and shiver as if you are experiencing cold. Studies have shown that shivering which you can experience when you have fever, is a body's way of protecting itself from cold.

Chills, which feels like a weird internal thermostat malfunction turn out not to be bad after all. It is simply your body way of fighting off cold. When you have cold, chill causes the muscles to flex and extend as way of warming them up. The body resorts to chill as a way of bringing heat into your body.

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Why Do We Have Fever and Chills?

When you have chills, it is a sign that your body has been exposed to an infection or extremely cold environment. It may also be that your body is struggling with viruses and bacteria.

Research showed that viruses and bacteria have the ability to multiply best at 98.6 degrees. The body can be able to stop the virus growth when it increases the body temperature. This is the reason why you get fever in some cases.

You will need a medical attention when you experience chills; it could be a sign of major sickness. In most cases, children experience chills more than adults because they usually develop higher fevers than adults.

Moreover, their body is still learning how to protect themselves. If you have a child of a year or below experiencing chill, take him to see a doctor as soon as possible.

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Chill Vs. Goose Bumps

It is not uncommon to confuse chills with goose bumps. In fact, most people think they are the same. Goose bumps are similar to chills but different. They are normally cause by a reaction to a strong emotions such as fear or shock. When you have goose bumps, the hair on your skin will rise so as to form a layer of insulation to the body.

Chills on the other hand, may be accompanied by goose bumps. But this does not mean that they are the same thing. You don't need a medical attention when you have goose bumps. On the other hand, you are required to see a doctor when you are having a chill.

If you are having fever and chill, it may be caused by one of the following:

  • Colds and the flu to ear
  • Sinus infections
  • Bronchitis
  • Mononucleosis
  • Appendicitis
  • Pneumonia
  • Gastroenteritis
  • Meningitis

Other causes of fever and chill include autoimmune diseases such as:

  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Crohn's disease
  • Blood clots
  • Cancer

When to Get Treatment For Chills

When you have chills, the first thing to do is determine the cause of the fever, the intensity and check if it is followed by other symptoms.

If you have a toddler suffering from mild fever with no other side effects, it may just be the body trying to warm itself up. In this case, you may not need to seek for medical attention. Drinking lots fluids and relaxing can take care of the problem. On the other hand, if there are other side effects such as bad cough, abdominal pain or shortness of breath, you will need to seek for medical attention right away.

Please note that you need to take your child to see a doctor if he has a fever that crosses 101 degrees.

Other reasons to seek for medical attention include:

  • The fever is high
  • The fever has last more than 2 to 3 days
  • The fever is accompanied by other side effects such as swelling of a joint, headache, rash, neck stiffness, or extreme fatigue.
  • You have any serious medical issues and develop a fever.

Conclusion

Mild chills alone are not actually bad. In fact, it reassures you that your body is still active and fighting for you. However, don't hesitate to seek for medical attention when chills get serious or accompanied by other symptoms.

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