How To Get Rid of The Chills

By Subodh / March 4, 2011

“Getting the chills” is a common phrase many of us use, and it is used to describe a variety of scenarios. For instance, we might say if we are cold and shivering or we might use this term whenever we feel scared.

However, this article really is talking about the kind of chills you feel when you are not well. Here are some you really should know concerning chills and how to get rid of the symptoms.

Purpose

The purpose of the chills is to alert you that you might be getting sick. Sometimes you could be getting a cold or you could even be getting a fever, or the flu.

It tells you that something is wrong with your body. That way, you can do something about it before it worsens.

Causes

Usually the chills we experience when we think we are going to get sick are brought on by viruses or bacteria. The chills are also a reaction of the body’s raise in temperature, and this often occurs after too long of exposure to the cold air.

Usually the shivering that the body experience helps generates heat, because the body is working hard to fight of the infection. This occurs along with the weakness, dizziness, or nausea you might feel when the body is fighting against a disease.

Of course, chills are sometimes the side effect of a medication. However, the tips we are going to show below are on how to get rid of chills caused by viruses or bacteria.

Note: When reading this you should realize though that fever chills should not be mistaken for “goosebumps”, which also is a natural reaction to the cold. This is an attempt to heat the body but it is not because of a fever or infection.

Getting Rid of Chills

There are a number of methods for getting rid of chills. What you are shown below is some of the most common ways to deal with this problem.

You also will learn about why alcohol should be avoided when you are sick. At the same time, you also will learn the importance of remaining hydrated.

Here is a further explanation of the most common ways to get rid of chills:

1. Get plenty of rest

Oftentimes the reason why people get sick in the first place is because their body is overworked just as much as it is underpaid nutritionally. Sit back and let your immune system take control and even sleep for a while if necessary.

2. Keep yourself hydrated by drinking plenty of water

Hydration is so important because this is what helps keep your body running as smoothly as possible when sick. Water also holds oxygen necessary to help clean out your system.

3. Stay warm

Not only can remaining under a bed of thicker blankets and/or wearing warm pajamas help you feel warmer, but it can also keep your body from drying out. Wearing warm clothing and keeping warm also helps you sweat so that harmful fever-causing toxins can escape from your body.

Yet another strategy to remove the chills would be to dress your self in layers. If you do, you might feel slightly nauseous, at least temporarily. It’s best to then take a Tylenol and soak your self in a very tub regarding body-temperature water.

4. Avoid alcohol use

This is highly imperative, because alcohol dehydrates the body, and dehydration is the number one cause of the advanced progression of any common sickness. It could also make you faint because a dehydrated body lacks oxygen.

5. Use over-the-counter medications

Aspirin is not recommended for small children, but rather some other medicine that is mean for child sickness. Adults should take aspirin with precaution as it counteracts with a number of medications. Ibuprofen or other fever or cold medicine might be a safer alternative.

6. See a doctor

If you cannot get rid of the chills and you or your child’s fever worsens see a doctor immediately. It could be a worse sickness such as pneumonia, upper respiratory infection (i.e. bronchitis) or other more serious condition that needs to be treated medically.