Your body works hard to raise its temperature, but in the meantime, you get the chills. Why?
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Turn up the heat in the body, and many body processes speed up, including the production of white blood cells and how fast they find infectious bacteria and viruses.
The top layer of skin, called the epidermis, is very thin–only 1/10 of a millimeter at most. This is where cells constantly divide from the base layer and move up to the surface to be sloughed off.
When immune cells detect an infectious organism, they produce fever-making chemicals. These chemicals prompt the body to produce prostaglandins, which turn up the thermostat in the brain.