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Why Do I Get Chills When I Am Not Cold?

By Jack Stone ; Updated July 27, 2017

Chills, the slow or sudden tingle over one’s back and arms, are a common experience for persons worldwide. However, sometimes chills are not associated with cold.

About Chills

Chills often occur after being exposed to a cold environment, even if you are no longer cold. Chills also can include severe shivering and paleness. Sometimes, a cold environment does not precede chills.


With a fever, the body temperature rises higher than normal; this often results in getting chills all over the body, but the person might be sweating at the same time.

“Goose Bumps”

Sometimes, a sound or feeling can give a person “goose bumps,” causing the hair on a person’s body to stand on end. This can give the feeling of chills.


Assorted types of infections can cause a person to get chills, including colds, influenza, pneumonia or strep throat.

Other Causes

Though not as common, chills are associated with meningitis, malaria, Weil’s disease, typhus and some allergic reactions. If you are experiencing consistent unexplainable chills, contact a health care professional.

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