Without fever, chills naturally arise after exposure to a cold environment. Essentially, any condition that may produce fever (including infections and cancers) can result in chills along with fever. But sometimes, chills are just more than all those.
Some people, from the moment they wake to the time they go to bed, experience chills throughout their body. This is not something that should be ignored.
They may be a response to a bacterial or viral infection that causes a fever, or it can be a symptom of much more severe conditions, such as the following:
Some prescription drugs may cause side effects like chills without fever. Your body may have a negative reaction to your medication, or perhaps the drug was mistakenly prescribed or you didn't use it appropriately. Besides chills, you may experience:
- sleeplessness or drowsiness,
- uncontrollable muscle spasms,
- nausea and/or vomiting, and
- heart ailments.
Anemia. A common symptom of this condition is chills without a fever. Additional symptoms include pale complexion, fatigue, chest pain, dizziness, shortness of breath, and headaches. If your chills correspond with a few or all of the above symptoms then you may have anemia.
Bladder Infection or Cystitis. A bladder infection will not always result in chills, as it is a secondary symptom. But if your chills go together with a burning sensation while urinating, increased frequency of urination, and strong smelling urine, then you may have a bladder infection. This could indicate a life threatening kidney disease, a bladder or kidney tumor, a prostate infection, or a urinary tract stone.
Hypothyroidism. Hypothyroidism happens when the gland is underactive and does not produce sufficient hormones to control the way your body uses energy. Its earliest symptoms may include:
- chills without fever,
- fatigue, weakness, or listlessness,
- heavy menstrual period,
- aching joints and muscles,
- pale skin,
- weight gain,
- fragile or thin hair or fingernails that break easily.
Malnutrition. Malnutrition can also cause chills. This occurs when your body is not getting sufficient nutrients. Chills without fever, fatigue, dizziness, and weight loss are the general symptoms that seem to be present in the majority of the cases.
Spider Bite. On most cases, spider bites are normally a harmless nuance, but if they are caused by a black widow or brown recluse spider, serious symptoms can occur. Both spiders will cause similar symptoms. These contain chills, which are rarely accompanied by a fever, muscle spasms, vomiting and nausea, headache, abdominal pain, a rash, and joint stiffness.
If you’re perfectly healthy but you still get chills, there are some certain natural solutions or remedies to manage that bothersome feeling. One of these should do the trick.
- A warm bath or shower can soothe and provide warmth to the body and reduce chills.
- Consume sufficient amounts of nutritious food without skipping meals.
- Taking sips of warm water is very relaxing for the body, aids in digestion, and reduces chills.
- Maintain a regular exercise regimen.
- Adequate rest and enough hours of sleep without disturbance can alleviate chills.
Take note that “goose bumps" are not the similar as chills. Goose bumps take place due to cold air. They can also be caused by strong emotions such as shock or fear. When you have chills, you may or may not have goose bumps.
If you experience any of these symptoms, consult your physician to identify the cause. Fever in infants and very young children can quickly become serious.
Also, infants do not usually develop chills, but seek prompt medical care for a fever in a child less than one year old.