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What causes cold chills, night sweats and fever?

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Posted on Fri, 6 May 2016
Question: For a few days now I have been experiencing cold chills and waking up in sweat drench clothes ive took theraflu and felt fine for a day and a half then it started all over again this time during the day im getting chills when its 80 degrees outside in Arizona and I got on a tshirt a sweater and a hoodie just to not get the chills and im still sweating profusely and I have been taking scolding hot showers that help for about an hour or so then it starts all over nyquil and Theraflu has help some what so has ibuprofen as far as trying to keep my fever in order but what can I do what should I be doing
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Answered by Dr. Panagiotis Zografakis (22 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
you have to be diagnosed

Detailed Answer:
Hello,

fever with chills could be a sign of serious infection, although most of the times it's just an ordinary self limited viral disease like influenza. The fever itself is not a real problem and despite its annoying nature it's not dangerous. The cause of the fever is what matters. You should visit your doctor for clinical examination in order to exclude serious causes like pneumonia for example.

Regarding symptomatic treatment for the fever, the most effective drugs are the NSAID but they have more side effects than paracetamol (acetaminophen), so paracetamol is preferable, at least as a first measure against fever. You can take up to 4gr of paracetamol divided into at least 4 doses per day. Ibuprofen is a NSAID and should not be used if you're allergic to NSAID or have peptic ulcer, uncontrolled hypertension, renal or liver problems, etc.

I hope you find my comments helpful!
You can contact me again, if you'd like any clarification or further information.

Kind Regards!
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What causes cold chills, night sweats and fever?

Brief Answer: you have to be diagnosed Detailed Answer: Hello, fever with chills could be a sign of serious infection, although most of the times it's just an ordinary self limited viral disease like influenza. The fever itself is not a real problem and despite its annoying nature it's not dangerous. The cause of the fever is what matters. You should visit your doctor for clinical examination in order to exclude serious causes like pneumonia for example. Regarding symptomatic treatment for the fever, the most effective drugs are the NSAID but they have more side effects than paracetamol (acetaminophen), so paracetamol is preferable, at least as a first measure against fever. You can take up to 4gr of paracetamol divided into at least 4 doses per day. Ibuprofen is a NSAID and should not be used if you're allergic to NSAID or have peptic ulcer, uncontrolled hypertension, renal or liver problems, etc. I hope you find my comments helpful! You can contact me again, if you'd like any clarification or further information. Kind Regards!