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Chills: Introduction

A person with severechills feels excessively cold and may be shivering, even when wrapped in blankets. Chills are often related to fever (where the body temperature is actually high), but may also be caused by low body temperature (hypothermia). Chills are a serious symptom needing prompt professional medical diagnosis....more »

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Causes of Chills:

The following medical conditions are some of the possible causes of Chills. There are likely to be other possible causes, so ask your doctor about your symptoms.

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Home Diagnostic Testing and Chills

Home medical tests possibly related to Chills:

Causes of Types of Chills:

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Chills: Symptom Checker

Listed below are some combinations of symptoms associated with Chills, as listed in our database. Visit the Symptom Checker, to add and remove symptoms and research your condition.

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Chills Treatments

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Alternative Treatments for Chills

Alternative treatments or home remedies that have been listed as possibly helpful for Chills may include:

Stories from Users for Chills

Real-life user stories relating to Chills:

Message Boards for Chills

Symptom specific forums: The following patient stories in our interactive forums and message boards relate to Chills or relevant symptoms:

Diagnostic tests for Chills:

Various tests are used in the diagnosis of Chills. Some of these are listed below :

  • Physical examination
    • General appearance - jaundice may suggest ascending cholangitis or cholecystitis.
    • Temperature - Chills are usually related to a fever but may also be caused by a low body temperature. Fevers can be due to infection; malignant disease; metabolic disorders e.g. gout; blood disorders e.g. haemolytic anemia; vascular disorders e.g. stroke, brain hemorrhage; immunological disorders e.g. lupus.
    • Examine the heart for a heart murmur which would suggest bacterial endocarditis
    • Examine the lungs for noises that suggest pneumonia or bronchiectasis
    • Examine the abdomen for enlarged liver - enlarged liver without jaundice may suggest amoebic abscess.
    • Examine the nervous system for abnormalities - may suggest brain abscess, sinus thrombosis, encephalitis or epidural abscess.
  • more tests...»

Chills: Animations

Medications or substances causing Chills:

The following drugs, medications, substances or toxins are some of the possible causes of Chills as a symptom. Always advise your doctor of any medications or treatments you are using, including prescription, over-the-counter, supplements, herbal or alternative treatments.

Drug interactions causing Chills:

When combined, certain drugs, medications, substances or toxins may react causing Chills as a symptom. Always advise your doctor of any medications or treatments you are using, including prescription, over-the-counter, supplements, herbal or alternative treatments.

  • Blocadren (Timolol) and Adrenalin interaction
  • Blocadren (Timolol) and Ana-Guard interaction
  • Blocadren (Timolol) and Ana-Kit interaction
  • Blocadren (Timolol) and Bronitin Mist interaction
  • Blocadren (Timolol) and Emergent-Ez Kit interaction
  • Blocadren (Timolol) and EpiPen interaction
  • Blocadren (Timolol) and Primatene Mist interaction
  • Blocadren (Timolol) and Sus-Phrine interaction
  • more interactions...»

Chills: Comorbid Symptoms

Some of the comorbid or associated medical symptoms for Chills may include these symptoms:

Causes of General Symptom Types

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Causes of Similar Symptoms to Chills

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Assessment Questionnaire: Questions your doctor may ask (and why!)

During a consultation, your doctor will use various techniques to assess the symptom: Chills. These will include a physical examination and possibly diagnostic tests. (Note: A physical exam is always done, diagnostic tests may or may not be performed depending on the suspected condition) Your doctor will ask several questions when assessing your condition. It is important to openly share any pertinent information to help your doctor make an accurate diagnosis.

It is also very important to bring an up-to-date list of all of your all medical conditions, medications including dosages, and names of numbers of any specialist you see.

Create your printable checklist here.

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Chills: Deaths

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Misdiagnosis and Chills

Sinusitis is overdiagnosed: There is a tendency to give a diagnosis of sinusitis, when the condition is really a harmless complication of another infection, such as a more »

Whooping cough often undiagnosed: Although most children in the Western world have been immunized against whooping cough (also called "pertussis"), more »

Chills: Research Related Doctors & Specialists

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Organs affected by Chills:

The list of organs typically affected by Chills may include, but is not limited to:

  • General constitution

Detailed list of causes of Chills

The list below shows some of the causes of Chills mentioned in various sources:

How Common are these Causes of Chills?

This information refers to the general prevalence and incidence of these diseases, not to how likely they are to be the actual cause of Chills. Of the 1045 causes of Chills that we have listed, we have the following prevalence/incidence information:

  • 14 causes are "very common" diseases
  • 11 causes are "common" diseases
  • 3 causes are "uncommon" diseases
  • 1 causes are "rare" diseases
  • 42 causes are "very rare" diseases
  • 1002 causes have no prevalence information.

Conditions listing medical symptoms: Chills:

The following list of conditions have 'Chills' or similar listed as a symptom in our database. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.

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Conditions listing medical complications: Chills:

The following list of medical conditions have Chills or similar listed as a medical complication in our database. The distinction between a symptom and complication is not always clear, and conditions mentioning this symptom as a complication may also be relevant. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.


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Causes of Chills Based on Risk Factors

This information shows analysis of the list of causes of Chills based on whether certain risk factors apply to the patient:

  • Travel - has the patient travelled recently?
  • Diabetes - history of diabetes or family history of diabetes?

    Doctors and specialists: Who should I consult about Chills?

    Depending on the seriousness of the onset of Chills, you may want to consult one of the following medical professionals.

    Important:In extreme cases, always seek advice from emergency services :

    Classifications of Chills:

    Subtypes of Chills:

    Temperature sensitivity (76 causes), Cold sweats (223 causes), Shivering (378 causes), Coldness (12 causes), Cold skin (120 causes), Feeling cold (13 causes), Nipple coldness (6 causes), Neck coldness (8 causes), Calf coldness (10 causes), Foot coldness (12 causes), Chin coldness (7 causes), Knuckle coldness (8 causes), Knee coldness (9 causes), Arm coldness (11 causes), Testicle coldness (10 causes), Scalp coldness (8 causes), Facial coldness (6 causes), Breast coldness (8 causes), Thigh coldness (9 causes), Leg coldness (8 causes), Hand coldness (8 causes), Groin coldness (9 causes), Ear coldness (6 causes), Thumb coldness (7 causes), Shin coldness (9 causes), Buttock coldness (8 causes), Lip coldness (7 causes), Back coldness sensation (6 causes), Ankle coldness (8 causes), Chest coldness (6 causes), Palm coldness (8 causes), Wrist coldness (8 causes), Nose coldness (6 causes), Finger coldness (13 causes), Toe coldness (9 causes), Eyelid coldness (2 causes), Elbow coldness (7 causes), Heat intolerance (24 causes), Heat sensitivity (14 causes), Cold sensitivity (43 causes), Clamminess (9 causes), Skin, clammy (18 causes), Clammy skin (73 causes), cold intolerance (28 causes)

    Medical Conditions associated with Chills:

    Fever (2274 causes), Sweat symptoms (1699 causes), Common symptoms (8589 causes), Temperature symptoms (2497 causes), Sick (5751 causes), Body symptoms (5672 causes), Pain (6458 causes), Sensations (6520 causes), Skin symptoms (5992 causes), Brain symptoms (2787 causes), Neurological symptoms (9575 causes), Skin problems (3422 causes), Sensory symptoms (7134 causes), Nerve symptoms (9132 causes), Head symptoms (10192 causes)

    Symptoms related to Chills:

    Fever (2274 causes), Temperature sensitivity (76 causes), Cold sweats (223 causes), Shivering (378 causes), Flu (168 causes), Common cold (712 causes), Virus, Infection (1293 causes), Chest infection (12 causes), Pneumonia (241 causes), Meningitis (160 causes), Joint infection, Malaria

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