Chills, Headache, Sore throat: 13 Possible Causes
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What causes chills, headache and sore throat? 13 possible conditions

See a list of possible causes in order from the most common to the least.


Common Cold Overview

The common cold is a virus that involves symptoms like sneezing, a runny nose and a headache. Learn the causes, symptoms and treatments for the common cold now!

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Cold and Flu Overview

Common colds and influenza are contagious infections that affect the respiratory system. Both are airborne illnesses, spread through coughing and sneezing. Shared symptoms include headache, cough, sore throat, and more.

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Tonsillitis can occur at any age and is a common childhood ailment. It is most often diagnosed in children from preschool age through their midteens.

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Strep Throat

Strep throat is a bacterial infection that causes inflammation and pain in the throat. This common condition is caused by group A Streptococcus bacteria.

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Swine Flu

Swine flu, or H1N1, is highly contagious and can spread quickly from person to person. A simple sneeze may cause thousands of germs to spread through the air. Symptoms are similar to regular influenza.

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Infectious Mononucleosis

Infectious mononucleosis, or mono, refers to a group of symptoms usually caused by the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV).

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Peritonsillar Abscess

A peritonsillar abscess is usually a complication of tonsillitis or another bacterial infection. Get it treated quickly to avoid potentially serious problems.

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There are many symptoms of HIV/AIDS, including persistent skin rashes, night sweats, and mouth sores.

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Weils Disease

Weil's disease is a severe form of the bacterial infection leptospirosis. Learn how to lower your risk of getting this potentially life-threatening illness.

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Scarlet Fever

Scarlet fever is an infection that can develop in people who have strep throat. Learn about the symptoms, treatment, complications, and prevention of scarlet fever.

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SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome)

This condition is considered a medical emergency. Urgent care may be required.

Severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) is a serious form of viral pneumonia. The virus that causes SARS was first identified in 2003.

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Q Fever

Q fever is an infection caused by the bacteria Coxiella burnetii. The bacteria are most commonly found in cattle, sheep, and goats.

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Aseptic Meningitis

Aseptic meningitis is usually caused by a virus. Learn about aseptic meningitis symptoms, causes, treatment, and prevention.

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This feature is for informational purposes only and should not be used to diagnose.
Please consult a healthcare professional if you have health concerns.