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shaking chills

Overview of shaking chills

The shaking chills are sometimes referred to as rigors. They are kind of like shivering when you have an infection and fever, but much more intense. Teens usually get shaking chills from very bad infections, some drugs, and sometimes during blood transfusions. If you read the section on Fever, you will learn what causes your body to have a fever. Essentially, when your body senses a foreign substance ? germs, drugs, someone else?s blood ? it responds by increasing your body temperature, so it can fight off the perceived intruder. When your body temperature rises, the surface air feels cold and you begin to shiver. Sometimes the shivers are very intense and become shaking chills or rigors. One common anti-fungal medicine that often causes rigors is amphotericin (or sometimes referred to as ampho-terrible!). If this happens to you, your medical team may be able to switch you to a different type of amphotericin called liposomal amphotericin. You may also have the shaking chills when getting a blood transfusion. Even though the white blood cells (which often cause a reaction) have been filtered out of donated blood, a few remaining cells may cause you to have this reaction. Many teens describe this as one of the most frightening side effects of treatment. If you have this reaction, you will start feeling very cold. Soon, despite all efforts to get warm, you may begin shaking uncontrollably. The first time it happens you may think you are having some kind of seizure. Very scary! After a while, the chills and shaking will subside and you will feel very warm. Off come the blankets and heating pads and out come the cool washcloths! Read more about this in the Fever section.

Home Remedies for shaking chills :

If you have diabetes and your chills are caused by hypoglycemia, take a glucose tablet if you have one. Buy some here. Other ways of balancing your sugar levels include drinking orange juice or regular soda, or eating a few pieces of candy.

If your chills are caused by extreme cold, make sure to get yourself dry if you are wet. Layer up and make sure to cover your head, hands, and feet so that you can capture and maintain as much body heat as possible. Soaking in a warm bath may also help alleviate chills caused by extreme cold. Just make sure to put on warm, dry clothes after you?re done bathing.

When to see doctor for shaking chills :

Chills without fever can become serious if you?re experiencing frostbite or hypothermia. These conditions can quickly become a medical emergency requiring immediate intervention or care.

Other conditions that cause chills, such as hypothyroidism, require medical support but may not warrant a visit to the emergency room. If you have the symptoms of this thyroid condition, make an appointment to see your doctor and ask about getting a diagnostic blood test.

If you have symptoms of hypoglycemia but haven?t been diagnosed with diabetes, contact your doctor or call your local emergency medical services immediately. If you have diabetes and hypoglycemia symptoms that don?t improve with at-home treatment, seek medical help immediately.

Treatment for the shaking chills

If you or your child has a fever with chills, there are some things you can do at home for comfort and relief. Keep reading to learn how to treat a fever with chills and when you should call a doctor.

for adults

Treatment is usually based on whether your chills are accompanied by a fever and the severity of the fever. If your fever is mild and you have no other serious symptoms, you don?t have to see a doctor. Get plenty of rest and drink plenty of liquids. A mild fever is 101.4°F (38.6°C) or less.

Cover yourself with a light sheet and avoid heavy blankets or clothing, which can raise your body temperature. Sponging your body with lukewarm water or taking a cool shower may help reduce a fever. Cold water, however, may trigger an episode of chills.

Over-the-counter (OTC) medications can lower a fever and fight chills, such as:

As with any medication, carefully follow the instructions and take them as directed. Aspirin and ibuprofen will lower your fever and reduce inflammation. Acetaminophen will bring down a fever, but it won?t reduce inflammation. Acetaminophen can be toxic to your liver if it isn?t taken as directed and long-term use of ibuprofen can cause kidney and stomach damage.

for children

Treating a child with chills and fever depends on the child?s age, temperature, and any accompanying symptoms. In general, if your child?s fever is between 100ºF (37.8°C) and 102ºF (38.9°C) and they?re uncomfortable, you can give them acetaminophen in tablet or liquid form. It?s important to follow the dosing instructions on the package.

Never bundle feverish children in heavy blankets or layers of clothing. Dress them in lightweight clothing and give them water or other liquids to keep them hydrated.

Never give aspirin to children under the age of 18 because of the risk of Reye?s syndrome. Reye?s syndrome is a rare but serious disorder that can develop in children who are given aspirin while fighting a viral infection.

FAQ

What are body chills a sign of ?

Chills are often a sign of fever, which can be caused by a wide variety of infections. Chills can also be caused by hypothermia and other conditions. Chills often occur with other symptoms, which vary depending on the underlying disease, disorder or condition.

What causes sudden chills and shaking without fever ?

When you have chills without a fever, causes may include low blood sugar, anxiety or fear, or intense physical exercise. To get rid of chills, you'll need to treat the root cause, such as taking fever-reducing medications or boosting blood sugar levels.

Why am I shivering when its not cold ?

Infection. When you shiver, but you don't feel cold, it could be a sign that your body is starting to fight off a viral or bacterial infection. Just as shivering is your body's way of warming up on a chilly day, shivering can also heat up your body enough to kill a bacteria or virus that has invaded your system.

How do you relieve chills ?

Health Tip: Treating the Chills at Home

  1. Drink lots of fluids and get plenty of rest.
  2. Sponge with lukewarm water.
  3. Take acetaminophen to fight fever and chills.
  4. Don't bundle up in blankets or use air conditioning.

Why am I shaking for no reason ?

Tremors are usually caused by problems with areas of the brain that control movements. Neurological problems can cause tremors, but they can also be caused by metabolic problems and toxins (such as alcohol) that affect the brain and nervous system.

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