What are the causes of chills & feeling very cold?

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When you feel cold and put on a jacket warmth usually sets in. When the chills come not from weather conditions, but from an illness or other causes, the cause and the illness must be treated.

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Significance

Chills and feeling very cold can be the result of an illness not cold weather temperatures. When the body and the immune system is weakened, a natural response is often feeling cold. Paleness, shivering, the shakes, bluish lips and goosebumps are visible outwards signs of the chills.

Considerations

Feeling cold and chilled is frequently the first sign of an infection. The body's immune system is compromised and weakened and coldness often sets in. Stress on the body, fever and anaemia can cause a person to feel cold as the body attempts to reset to a normal body temperature.Treat the cause and cure the cold and chills.

Effects

Colds, flu, respiratory infections and pneumonia can cause chills and the feeling of coldness. Strep throat and viral infections can also be identified as a direct cause of feeling cold and having the chills. Fever often accompanies these ills and causes chills and coldness as the body temperature has been elevated.

Warning

Bladder infections, kidney infections, pelvic infections, urinary infections and infectious diarrhoea can all cause the chills. Sometimes chills are caused by a fever, other times the coldness is a result of low body temperature.

Identification

Many diseases and conditions, often accompanied by fever, can cause a person to feel cold. These include Addison's disease, diabetes, gallstones, frostbite, heart attack, heat exhaustion, kidney stones, gangrene, menopause, panic attacks, rabies, rubella, shingles, shock and tetanus.

Geography

Malaria, a disease indigenous to tropical countries and climates, is carried by mosquitoes. This condition causes chills, shivering, fever, vomiting and joint pain. Other tropical diseases such as the bubonic plague and typhoid can also cause chills.

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