'Hottest pepper in the world' put man in hospital, suffers brain effects

'Hottest pepper in the world' put man in hospital, suffers brain effects

A man who tried to eat the world's hottest chilli pepper ended up in hospital with "crushingly painful" headaches.

"His symptoms began with dry heaves but no vomiting immediately after participation in a hot pepper contest where he ate one "Carolina Reaper"," Dr Kulothungan Gunasekaran of the Bassett Medical Center in NY said in the report.

Immediately after the competition, he began dry heaving and developed intense neck and head pain starting at the back, which later spread across the whole head.

The man's condition after eating the chilli pepper was so bad that he was tested for various neurological conditions through the results came out to be negative.

RCVS is characterised by temporary artery narrowing often accompanied by a thunderclap headache.

With supportive care, the man had no other thunderclap headaches and a scan five weeks afterward found that artery tightening had resolved itself.

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"Given the development of symptoms immediately after exposure to a known vasoactive substance", said the doctors involved with his treatment, "it is plausible that our patient had RCVS secondary to the Carolina Reaper". But thats what happened to a 34-year-old man who turned up at Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown, N.Y., with what clinicians call a thunderclap headache. The authors report that this is the first case associated with eating a chilli pepper. "But it keeps coming back", said Dr Kulothungan Gunasekaran of the Henry Ford Health System in Detroit, a co-author of the report, adding that thunderclap headaches can be caused by a number of problems including bleeding inside the brain or blood clots. Sometimes, this condition can occur as a reaction to certain prescription drugs, or to illegal drugs such as cocaine or ecstasy. Normally eating chili pepper can cause people to vomit and lead to severe heartburn. The Carolina Reaper, on the other hand, is more than 2 million units and tastes "like molten lava", according to its creator Ed Currie.

Previously eating cayenne pepper has been linked to sudden constriction of the coronary artery.

The man's symptoms cleared up by themselves.

For the average person interested in spice, not suffering, he advised using small amounts of any really hot pepper in food preparation, as they were intended.

It's not the first time chilli peppers have triggered serious repercussions.

In this case, the patient's symptoms improved, and he was released from the hospital after a few days.

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