I routinely get hives under a great deal of stress or when I am overheated (being a Michigan to Florida transplant this happens more often now). However when I found this site I was looking for an explanation to why I have an intense physical reaction to watching people eat spicy food… Even if its on the television and I cannot even smell the food I start to sweat intensely and my nasal passages become swollen.
I do not have a particular aversion to spicy food and love spicy to a point (I’d never try a ghost chili but jalapenos are good for eating). Yet I am having trouble identifying others with similar tendencies and I’m wondering if a predisposition to hives may be related to this type of psychosomatic reaction. Any thoughts would be appreciated.
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