What You Should Know About Shivering

What You Should Know About Shivering:

Shivering is a common symptom of cold or flu. The symptoms are usually similar to those of the flu but there may be other signs such as sweating, trembling, nausea and vomiting. Some people experience only one sign while others have many. There are different types of shivers and they differ from person to person. People who suffer from shivering without fever often do not feel well at all even if they get over it quickly.

They may also experience other symptoms like headache, muscle aches, dizziness, weakness and exhaustion.

The causes of shivering are unknown although some theories suggest that the body produces less saliva when the temperature drops causing the body to sweat more than usual. Other possible causes include changes in blood flow to various parts of your body (such as your brain) which affects your nervous system. The immune system also plays a role in controlling the body’s temperature. When you become ill, your immune system starts fighting off germs and viruses that cause illness. If these diseases attack your vital organs, then the result could be death.

Therefore, your body needs to stay warm so that it can fight off disease effectively.

Some people believe that shivering without fever is caused by stress or anxiety and they try to calm themselves down before going out into cold weather again. It is true that stress can make you feel worse but it isn’t causing the shivering. In fact, if stress was the cause then everyone would be shivering all the time because most people tend to feel stressed out from time to time.

Children are more susceptible to shivering than adults are. Some children also seem to be more susceptible than others. This could be due to their activity level, their clothing, how much Fat they have or any number of reasons. In addition, some medical conditions may make a child more susceptible to shivering as well.

The best way to stop shivering without fever is to warm up slowly. If you can take off excess layers of clothing or if it is safe to do so then do so. You can also wrap yourself in a blanket to retain your body heat. Drinking warm liquids (no coffee or alcohol) can also help. It is important not to get overheated, however, so you don’t want to bath or soak in a hot tub (even if someone is kind enough to offer).

Shivering with fever is more dangerous and requires medical attention immediately (or as soon as it is feasible). This condition can lead to death if not treated. It is caused by a particularly strong virus and your body is working very hard to keep itself warm so that it can fight off the illness effectively. You need to seek treatment immediately because the number one cause of death due to infection is the body’s own temperature being too low. This causes blood flow to drop and oxygen not getting to vital organs.

A fever is your body’s natural way of fighting an illness. It is not something that you “catch” like a cold or the flu. It isn’t contagious either; this means that if someone touches you, they will not get your fever. It is caused by your immune system trying to fight off a virus or disease although it may be triggered by a bacteria or parasite as well.

There are several methods people use to get rid of a fever including drinking alcohol or coffee (caffeine), eating certain foods, taking drugs or using home remedies. The most common and probably the most successful is to take something cold and wrap it around your forehead or neck for a short period of time. This causes the blood vessels in this area to constrict (get smaller) and reduces brain activity thus lowering the temperature of the entire body.

Some people believe that if they get “too cold” it will cause a seizure or heart attack. While it is true that your body can’t function below a certain temperature (32°F and lower) and it may cause death, this won’t happen until this temperature is sustained for a long period of time. It isn’t going to drop suddenly just because you are cold or if you have a fever. In fact, your body will shut down the things that are not necessary first to allow vital organs to continue functioning.

Fever dreams are very common with a fever. They can be extremely realistic and quite terrifying if you don’t know that you are or had a fever. In fact, you may experience nightmares during a fever. These dreams can be very detailed and quite vivid. You may even dream that you are in a place that you have actually been to (like a place you have been vacationing at).

You may even see people that you know in your dreams. Most of what happens in these dreams is not real and the result of your brain working feverishly to fight off an illness.

Not all fevers are serious and some actually have benefits. For example, if you have been bitten by a rabid animal or have contracted rabies, a fever will help your body fight off this dreadful disease. Fevers can actually help fight off many diseases and are the bodies natural defense against sickness.

It is important that you do not try to lower your body temperature if you have a fever. Other than drinking plenty of liquids and getting rest, there is nothing much you can do besides taking acetaminophen or ibuprofen (both non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or NSAIDs) to help lower the fever and reduce the pain. Aspirin should not be given to those with a fever as it can lower the body’s ability to fight infection and increase internal bleeding.

If your fever persists, you develop a rash, headache, muscle aches, vomiting or diarrhea, you need to seek immediate medical attention.

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The Shivering by CN Adichie – 2016 – books.google.com

Shivering Sands by W Ellis – 2009 – books.google.com