Can spicy food cause allergy and/or flu like symptoms?

Patient

Q: Can highly spicy foods cause allergies and/or trigger flu like reactions?

Symptoms:  -recurring high grade fever
-joints and back pain
-constipation/hyper acidity
-fatigue
Doctor

A:   Yes, spicy food intake can cause upper respiratory congestion (similar to a flu) due to increased vascularity (increased blood flow due to its irritant effect) and excessive mucous secretion. However, it is never associated with a high grade fever.

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