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How to Get Warm When You Have the Chills

By Matt Koble ; Updated July 27, 2017

Chills occur when your body gets colder than it should, causing your muscles to constrict and loosen rapidly in an attempt to warm up. While they often accompany symptoms like colds, fevers and the flu, chills can also be a sign of a more serious infection or medical problem. When the chill goes hand-in-hand with a fever, breaking the fever may be the best way to get rid of your chills.

Make some hot tea or chocolate. Put on warm clothing and wrap yourself in blankets while drinking the warm beverage. Stay warm indoors if the weather outside is cold.

Take a warm bath and wipe your body down with a sponge or wash cloth. This helps bring your body temperature to the right level, fighting both the chill and any fever you may have.

Treat any fever you have. Chills often accompany a fever, so consider taking a fever-reducing over-the-counter medicine containing ibuprofen or acetaminophen.

Drink lots of water to keep yourself hydrated. Rest as much as possible to let your body use your energy in fighting the chills and any accompanying ailments.

Tip

Seek medical attention if the chills persist for more than a couple of days.

Warnings

Refrain from drinking alcohol to warm your body. While it may be warm going down, the dehydration and inebriation may prolong your illness or lead to more serious problems.

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