Bhubaneswar: If you have been experiencing frequent chills but thinking it’s not a big deal, you need to read this.
Chills are basically a sharp rush of coldness followed by shivering along the body. The reason a person experiences it could vary from a mild infection to emotional reactions and some serious health conditions.
Here are eight diseases that could trigger frequent chills in people:
- Hypothyroidism: The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped endocrine gland present in the neck of a human body. It is responsible for regulating the body’s metabolic rate. However, when this gland goes underactive, the normal metabolism in a person’s body like heart rate and body temperature disrupts. This is hypothyroidism. People with this condition fail to cope with cold and thus, experience frequent chills.
- Malaria: With malaria come fever and chills. So, people suffering from malaria tend to experience chills over and over again before their bodies return to normalcy.
- Hypothermia: This is an emergency condition in which a human body alarmingly loses body temperature. Body trembling and chills show up as a result. Some other symptoms are weak pulse, confusion, sleepiness, and slowed respiration.
- Kidney stones: Otherwise called renal calculi or nephrolithiasis, Kidney stones are hard deposits of salts and minerals in the inner surfaces of the kidney. The body’s mechanism to expel the stones out of the kidneys is to pass them through the ureters. Sometimes the stones cling to the ureters and cause infection. These result in chills and fever in the patient.
- Hypoglycemia: This results due to a significant drop in blood sugar levels in a person which indicates diabetes. People with hypoglycemia often feel hungry, weak and experience trembling and chills.
- Frisson: This is a sharp shiver down the spine or goosebumps that one feels on being suddenly emotional or thrilled about something. In this condition, the brain releases dopamine, a neurotransmitter responsible for a person’s physical movement. Thus, they experience sharp chills during an emotionally overwhelming situation.
- Multiple Sclerosis: This results when the body’s immune system damages the protective layers of the nerves. This results in significant damages in the Central Nervous System (CNS) thus, affecting the brain and spinal cord. This condition amplifies a person’s sensitivity towards temperature and leaves them experiencing frequent chills.
- Anemia: A person with this condition lacks enough healthy red blood cells (RBCs) that carry oxygen within the body tissues. A plunge in the healthy RBC count in the body means trimmed oxygen flow in the body. This results in dizziness, breathing complications, and chills.
Hence, if your chills are getting abnormally frequent, consulting a doctor would be a wise decision to make.