Sick with a cold fever: What to do about body chills

Read on to learn how to remedy being chilly with a fever

Have you ever had a cold fever?  Many people who have a cold or the flu report being hot and cold at the same time – hot with a fever, and cold with body chills.  Luckily, there are ways to remedy these symptoms.  Here we will discuss why you often feel chilly when you have a temperature and what you can do about it.
Body Chills and Other Symptoms
Having the chills is one of the most common signs of having a cold or flu. It most often occurs at the same time as a fever. Since your body temperature rises when you have a fever, your body responds by having chills to try to cool it down. This symptom often occurs in conjunction with other symptoms as well, such as:
  • Runny nose
  • Cough
  • Fatigue
  • Sneezing
  • Aches and pains
  • Sweating, or dry skin
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
There are some ways that you can remedy having the chills at home.
  • Drink lots of fluids. Your body needs to be hydrated in order to fight off the sickness.
  • Take some ibuprofen or naproxen sodium. These medications work to bring your temperature down, which will reduce your body chills.
  • Drink warm liquids, such as tea or soup. Although you may be hot and not want to drink hot liquids if you feel warm, they help keep you hydrated and may help with your body aches.
  • Stay in bed.  You will need lots of rest in order for your body to be able to fight the sickness.  Try to stay under a blanket, even if you feel too hot.
When to go to the doctor
If your chills become severe and do not disappear with home remedies, it is probably a good idea to see the doctor. Body chills and body aches are one of the main symptoms of the flu. You could be coming down with the flu or some other sickness if you have body chills that last more than a day or two.  The flu sometimes is an illness that does not go away on its own.  Your doctor will be able to prescribe you some medicine and tell you exactly what to do to make sure your flu goes away soon.
What to do next
Although you can often treat symptoms of a cold or fever at home with over the counter medication or home remedies, not all sicknesses can be cured at home. Make sure to see your doctor if your symptoms do not improve within a couple of days or if they get worse.  In the meantime, make sure you get lots of rest, drink plenty of fluids, and maybe take some medicine to bring down your temperature.
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