ZocdocAnswersDoes Custard apple or Sugar apple cause cold or fever?

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Does Custard apple or Sugar apple cause cold or fever?

In India people say tha eating custard apple causes cold or fever. It is not good for people having asthma. I want to know whether it can cause or not..

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Thank you for your question regarding foods and their potential association with illness and I recommend speaking with your doctor regarding colds. No, custard apple or sugar apple cannot cause a cold or fever. Foods do not cause the cold. The common cold is caused by viruses. There are literally hundreds of different viral strains that can cause you to develop a cold. Rhinovirus, however, is the most common. Viruses cannot be treated by antibiotics, which are only meant to treat bacterial infections. That is why doctors will not want to prescribe you an antibiotic if you have symptoms of the common cold. Only rest and time will make you feel better. Fevers can be caused by a variety of different infections, but also inflammatory conditions within the body. Foods also do not cause fevers. Fevers are the body's reaction to infection or inflammation in the body as a symptom of disease, rather than a manifestation of disease itself. It sounds like this belief regarding custard apple and sugar apple and its association with cold/ fever may be one of many folklores that exist in our lives. For example, this can be likened to the old wives tales that going outside with wet hair causes you to develop a cold (again, not true, only viruses cause the cold). Please talk with your doctor if you have any further concerns.

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