What other symptoms might occur with chills?

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.

Symptoms may occur along with chills

  • Symptoms that may occur with chills include:

  • Aches and pains

  • Cough

  • Diarrhea

  • Earache

  • Fever

  • General ill feeling

  • Hot, dry skin or sweating

  • Lethargy

  • Nausea

  • Rash

  • Sweating

  • Vomiting

Serious symptoms that might indicate a life-threatening condition

In some cases, chills may occur with other symptoms, and certain combinations of symptoms that might indicate a serious or life-threatening condition that should be immediately evaluated in an emergency setting. Seek immediate medical care (call 911) if you, or someone you are with, have any of these life-threatening symptoms:

  • Change in level of consciousness or alertness, such as passing out or unresponsiveness

  • Crying inconsolably

  • High fever (higher than 101 degrees Fahrenheit)

  • Pale or bluish coloration of the skin , lips or nails (cyanosis)

  • Persistent watery diarrhea, possibly with blood

  • Respiratory or breathing problems, such as shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, labored breathing, wheezing, not breathing, or choking

  • Seizure

  • Stiff neck, possibly with nausea, vomiting and confusion

  • Very bad headache


What are chills?

Having chills refers to feeling excessively cold, even when you are wearing warm clothing or are wrapped in blankets. When you have the chills, you may also be shivering or look pale.

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What causes chills?

Chills are caused by a wide variety of infectious diseases, some of which are common, such as the flu. In some cases, chills can be due to an inflammatory condition, such as an allergic reaction, or an autoimmune disease, such as lupus. Chills and fever can accompany certain cancers as well.

Chills may also be a symptom of a serious or life-threatening condition that should be imm... Read more about chillscauses

Medical Reviewer: Cynthia Haines, MD Last Annual Review Date: Aug 1, 2013 Copyright: © Copyright 2014 Health Grades, Inc. All rights reserved. May not be reproduced or reprinted without permission from Health Grades, Inc. Use of this information is governed by the HealthGrades User Agreement.

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