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Woman breaks ribs after coughing too much due to spicy food

By Melanie Uson Published Dec 10, 2022 4:15 pm

Spicy dishes are undoubtedly delicious and thrilling, but not everyone has a high tolerance for them. A woman in Shanghai, China, for example, fractured four ribs after coughing too much due to spicy food. 

According to a South China Morning Post report, the individual named Huang got into a coughing fit after having too much spice in her meal. She heard a "sharp cracking sound come from her chest," which she didn't mind at first until it turned bothersome and made her "feel pain when talking and while breathing."

SCMP stated that her CT scan showed "that four of her ribs were broken, and she would need to have bandages wrapped around her chest for a month while recovering."

Her doctors said that her "unhealthily low" body weight was a major factor in the incident. “Your ribs can be seen clearly under your skin. There is no muscle to support the bone, so it’s easy for your ribs to get fractured when coughing."

Huang is 5'7" tall and weighs only 57 kilograms. She also shared her upper body is notably thin, which makes her ribs visible. 

The Chinese woman is planning to be physically active and focus on workouts that would "increase her muscle mass and upper body weight" to recover from her injury and prevent it from happening again.