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Chills are feelings of coldness accompanied by shivering. They may arise with or without fever. Without fever, chills typically arise after exposure to a cold environment. Essentially any condition that may produce fever (including infections and cancers) can result in chills along with fever. Fever and chills are common symptoms of influenza infection (the flu). Exposure to a cold environment can result in chills. With prolonged or constant exposure to cold, serious injuries related to hypothermia (a lowered core body temperature) can result. Chills in pregnancy are due to the same causes (hypothermia, infection) as chills in general.

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Kasper, D.L., et al., eds. Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine, 19th Ed. United States: McGraw-Hill Education, 2015.

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      • What is the prognosis of an RSV infection?
    • Roseola Roseola is a viral illness that most commonly affects young children. Symptoms and signs include a sudden high fever that lasts...learn more »
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      Roseola Article
      • Roseola facts
      • What is roseola? Is roseola contagious?
      • What virus causes roseola?
      • What are the risk factors for roseola?
      • How is roseola spread? What is the incubation period for roseola?
      • What are roseola symptoms and signs?
      • What specialties of doctors treat roseola?
      • How do health care professionals diagnose roseola?
      • How high can the fever go with roseola?
      • What are home remedies for roseola?
      • What is the treatment for the fever of roseola?
      • What should one do if his or her child with roseola has a seizure?
      • Can the fever cause a seizure?
      • Is a seizure due to fever dangerous?
      • Is there a rash with roseola?
      • What is most remarkable characteristic of roseola?
      • How long does roseola last?
      • Are there any complications of roseola?
      • Should a child with roseola see a doctor?
      • When can the child return to child care?
      • Is there a vaccine for roseola?
      • Is it possible to prevent roseola?
      • What is the prognosis for a child with roseola?
      • Are there other names for roseola?
    • Sepsis Sepsis (blood poisoning) is a potentially deadly infection with signs and symptoms that include elevated heart rate, low or high...learn more »
      In This Article
      Sepsis Article
      • Sepsis (blood poisoning) facts
      • What is blood poisoning?
      • What is sepsis?
      • What are the stages of sepsis?
      • Why are there so many diseases with "sepsis," "septic," "septicemia," or "blood poisoning" in their name?
      • What causes sepsis?
      • Is sepsis contagious? How long is the incubation and/or contagious period for sepsis?
      • What are the risk factors for sepsis?
      • What are sepsis (blood poisoning) symptoms and signs?
      • How do health care professionals diagnose sepsis?
      • What is the treatment for sepsis?
      • What types of health care professionals specialize in the treatment of sepsis?
      • What is the prognosis with sepsis?
      • What are the complications of sepsis?
      • Is it possible to prevent sepsis (blood poisoning)?
      • What are some additional sources for information on sepsis (blood poisoning)?
    • Shingles Shingles, or herpes zoster, is a painful rash caused by the varicella zoster virus. Other shingles symptoms include headache,...learn more »
    • Sore Throat Sore throats are generally described as pain or discomfort in the throat area. A sore throat may be caused by: bacterial...learn more »
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      Sore Throat Article
      • Sore throat facts
      • What is the difference between sore throat and strep throat?
      • What are the causes of sore throat?
      • What are the signs and symptoms of a sore throat?
      • Is a sore throat contagious?
      • When should I see a doctor for a sore throat?
      • How is strep throat diagnosed?
      • What are home remedies to soothe a sore throat?
      • What over-the-counter (OTC) medications will soothe a sore throat?
      • Are antibiotics necessary for a sore throat?
      • What can I do if I have a sore throat and am pregnant?
      • What if I have multiple recurrent episodes of strep throat?
      • How can I prevent a sore throat?
    • Staph Infection (Staphylococcus Aureus) Staphylococcus or Staph is a group of bacteria that can cause a multitude of diseases. Staph infections can cause illness...learn more »
    • Stomach Flu (Gastroenteritis ) Stomach flu (gastroenteritis) is a term referred used to describe a variety of gastrointestinal problems. The most common signs...learn more »
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      Stomach Flu (Gastroenteritis ) Article
      • Stomach flu (gastroenteritis) definition and facts
      • What is the stomach flu (gastroenteritis)?
      • Are the stomach flu (gastroenteritis) and food poisoning the same condition?
      • Are the stomach flu (gastroenteritis) and the flu (influenza) the same infection?
      • What are the signs and symptoms of stomach flu (gastroenteritis)?
      • What are the signs and symptoms of stomach flu (gastroenteritis) in children?
      • How is the stomach flu (gastroenteritis) spread?
      • Who gets the stomach flu (gastroenteritis)?
      • How long does the stomach flu (gastroenteritis) last?
      • Is stomach flu (gastroenteritis) contagious?
      • What causes stomach flu (gastroenteritis)?
      • What are the most common causes of the stomach flu (gastroenteritis)?
      • How do I know I have the stomach flu (gastroenteritis)?
      • What natural and home remedies help soothe stomach flu (gastroenteritis) symptoms?
      • What should foods are recommended to eat (diet ) when you have the stomach flu (gastroenteritis)?
      • What is the treatment for the stomach flu (gastroenteritis)?
      • Which specialties of doctors treat the stomach flu (gastroenteritis)?
      • When should I call my doctor for stomach flu (gastroenteritis)?
      • What are complications of stomach flu (gastroenteritis)?
      • Can you prevent from getting the stomach flu (gastroenteritis)?
      • What is the prognosis for a person who gets the stomach flu (gastroenteritis)?
    • Strep Throat Strep throat is a bacterial infection of the throat. Signs and symptoms of strep throat include headache, nausea,...learn more »
    • Swine Flu Novel H1N1 influenza A virus infection (swine flu) is an infection that generally is transferred from an infected pig to a human,...learn more »
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      Swine Flu Article
      • Swine flu (H1N1 and H3N2v influenza virus) facts
      • What is the swine flu?
      • How is swine flu transmitted? Is swine flu contagious?
      • What is the incubation period for swine flu?
      • What is the contagious period for swine flu?
      • How long does the swine flu last?
      • What causes swine flu?
      • Why is swine flu now infecting humans?
      • What are swine flu symptoms and signs?
      • What tests do health care professionals use to diagnose swine flu?
      • What types of health care professionals treat swine flu?
      • What is the treatment for swine flu?
      • What is the history of swine flu in humans?
      • What are the risk factors for swine flu?
      • Is it possible to prevent swine flu with a vaccine?
      • Is it possible to prevent swine flu if the swine flu vaccine (or other flu strain vaccines) is not readily available?
      • Are there home remedies for swine flu?
      • Was swine flu (H1N1) a cause of an epidemic or pandemic in the 2009-2010 flu season?
      • What is the prognosis (outlook) and complications for patients who get swine flu?
      • Where can I find more information about swine flu (H1N1 and H3N2v)?
    • Tuberculosis (TB) Mycobacterium tuberculosis is the bacterium that causes tuberculosis (TB). Symptoms and signs of TB include bloody sputum, fever,...learn more »
      In This Article
      Tuberculosis (TB) Article
      • Tuberculosis (TB) facts
      • What is tuberculosis?
      • Are there different types of tuberculosis (TB)?
      • What causes tuberculosis?
      • What are risk factors for tuberculosis?
      • What are tuberculosis symptoms and signs?
      • Is TB contagious, and how long is the incubation period and contagious period?
      • How do physicians diagnose tuberculosis?
      • What is the treatment for tuberculosis?
      • What types of doctors treat TB?
      • What are complications of tuberculosis?
      • What is the prognosis of tuberculosis?
      • How can people prevent tuberculosis?
    • Typhoid Fever Typhoid fever is an illness caused by the Salmonella typhi bacteria. The illness is contracted by ingesting the bacteria in...learn more »
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      Typhoid Fever Article
      • Typhoid fever facts
      • What is typhoid fever? What is the history of typhoid fever?
      • How do patients get typhoid fever?
      • How do the bacteria cause disease, and how is it diagnosed?
      • What are the symptoms of typhoid fever?
      • What is the treatment for typhoid fever, and what is the prognosis?
      • Can typhoid fever be prevented?
    • Yellow Fever Yellow fever is an infectious disease transmitted by infected mosquitoes. Side effects are rare with the yellow fever vaccine....learn more »
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      Yellow Fever Article
      • Yellow fever facts
      • What is yellow fever? What is the history of yellow fever?
      • What causes yellow fever?
      • How is yellow fever transmitted?
      • What areas are high risk for contracting yellow fever?
      • What is the incubation period for yellow fever?
      • Is yellow fever contagious? How long is the contagious period for yellow fever?
      • What types of specialists treat yellow fever?
      • What are yellow fever symptoms and signs?
      • How do health-care professionals diagnose yellow fever?
      • What is the treatment for yellow fever?
      • How long does yellow fever last?
      • What is the prognosis for people with yellow fever?
      • Is it possible to prevent yellow fever?
      • What are the side effects of the yellow fever vaccine?
      • Where can people get more information on yellow fever?
Other Causes of Chills
  • Bacterial Infection
  • Cold Environment
  • Parasite Infection
  • Prolonged Immersion in Water
  • Virus Infection
Examples of Medications for Chills


Symptoms & Signs A-Z List