What You Should Know About Body Chills and Fever

A woman inspects a thermometerFever and Chills could keep you at home for a few days, either in bed or looking after your family. Even though a low grade fever can often be taken care of with a little love and care, a drastic rise in our body temperature calls for a trip to the doctor.

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What Causes Fever and Chills

Every one of us has been through the stage where our body burns up, we start to shiver and a fever comes on. Even though this sensation may feel like something is going majorly wrong, the truth is that our body is naturally preparing itself to fight off infection. When our body is at a temperature of 98.6 degrees F, bacteria and viruses often multiply very quickly. When our body detects any growth of these viruses or bacteria, it raises the temperature by a few degrees to stop this growth. At this time, certain parts of the body can get a little confused so your muscles start to contract and relax faster while trying increase the overall heat throughout the body. This leads to the shivering which we call the chills.

While some people may just get a low fever and recover quickly, in certain cases the fever could have a lot of accompanying flu symptoms, right from a bad cold to a sore throat. More serious cases could even lead to pneumonia, sinus infections, bronchitis, etc. So if you feel a fever coming on, pay close attention to it for a day or two and then get it treated if it hasn’t gone away by then.

When to Seek Medical Attention

Your body temperature could vary depending on the causes of fever. If you start experiencing any of the following symptoms, it is a good idea to talk to the doctor:

• A high temperature that lasts more than 2 days
• A headache, a stiff neck, abdominal pain, extreme fatigue, a rash or any shortness of breath
• A high fever along with any complication that you are already suffering from
• If your child is ill, if their temperature rises above 101 degrees F
• A sudden seizure with the chills
• If any part of the body (like the hands or legs) stops moving

If you are suffering from a low grade fever, stay in bed for a few days and stay well hydrated. You should be back on your feet within a few days.