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Chills are feelings of coldness accompanied by shivering. Chills typically arise in one of two situations: as an accompaniment to fever and after exposure to a cold environment. Essentially any condition that may produce fever (including infections and cancers) can result in chills along with fever. Exposure to a cold environment can result in chills. With prolonged exposure to cold, serious injuries related to hypothermia (a lowered core body temperature) can result.

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Fauci, Anthony S., et al. Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine. 17th ed. United States: McGraw-Hill Professional, 2008.

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      • 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?
      • What are yellow fever symptoms and signs?
      • How is yellow fever diagnosed?
      • What is the treatment for yellow fever?
      • What is the prognosis for people with yellow fever?
      • Can yellow fever be prevented?
      • 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