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Can Spicy Foods Cause Your Appendix to Burst?

You may have experienced a bout of stomach distress after consuming a little too much spice, but can spicy food cause appendicitis?


It sounds crazy, right? But it's true! When spice in your food overwhelms your digestive system, it causes inflammation in your body. This inflammation then interacts with other conditions in the body, rupturing the appendix, which then leads to a lot of pain and suffering.


To avoid this from happening, make sure that you don't eat any foods with overly high levels of capsaicin as they will only end up hurting you more in the long run. So next time you're making dinner or grabbing something for lunch, remember that those high levels of spice are going to end up being very bad for your health, and steer clear! But are there other foods that cause appendicitis?


What Foods Can Cause Appendicitis?


While consuming certain foods is not likely to directly cause your appendix to burst, you must understand what foods can trigger appendicitis. It becomes even more useful to understand what foods cause appendicitis when you realize they are also the foods that can make appendicitis worse.


Spicy food


Spicy food can cause inflammation and painfully uncomfortable indigestion. Combined with another condition, such as a stomach infection, appendicitis can occur.


Food that is not properly chewed


Food that is not properly chewed cannot be easily digested by your body and can therefore lead to blockages and inflammation, which can trigger appendicitis. Remember to chew your food thoroughly before swallowing it.


Low-fiber foods


Foods that are low in fiber are typically foods that are high in fats and sugar. These foods can lead to inflammation and constipation. Patients who consume high-fiber diets tend to have better digestion and are therefore between 30-50% less likely to experience appendicitis.


Tips and Considerations


Spicy foods on their own won’t make you sick. But, when consumed under the right conditions (i.e., during a stomach virus), they can trigger appendicitis. This is why it’s important to avoid spicy food if you experience nausea or vomiting and to contact your doctor immediately if these symptoms persist for more than 24 hours or are accompanied by fever and abdominal pain. For evaluation or appendix removal, appendix surgery on Long Island is available at all times!


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