Eating world's hottest pepper sparks brain disorder, thunderclap headaches

Eating world's hottest pepper sparks brain disorder, thunderclap headaches

Eating world's hottest pepper sparks brain disorder, thunderclap headaches

A man was rushed to hospital with "thunderclap headaches" after eating the world's hottest chilli in an eating contest.

The 34-year-old man told doctors he'd eaten a Carolina Reaper chilli after he presented to the Bassett Medical Center's emergency room, in the USA state of NY, with excruciating pain.

According to a report by The Independent, the doctors observed that the CT scan of his blood flow showed major constriction in the major arteries of his brain.

The man developed excruciating pain in his head and neck, prompting him to go to an emergency room, according to an article published Monday in the journal BMJ Case Reports.

The man immediately began dry heaving after sampling the chilli, the authors at Bassett Medical Center said in the paper.

He then developed crushingly painful headaches, each of which lasted just a few seconds, over the next several days and the pain got so much he rushed to A&E. A CT scan taken several weeks later showed his affected arteries were back to normal.

RCVS, which is typically characterized by temporary artery narrowing, is often accompanied by thunderclap headache.

It's a no-brainer that eating a Carolina Reaper, a chili pepper bred to be the hottest on earth, will come with consequences.

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Medical doctors believe the condition, known as RCVS, has never before been linked to the consumption of chilli peppers such as the Carolina Reaper.

The Carolina Reaper was bred in 2013 by Ed Currie of the Puckerbutt Pepper Company.

RCVS does not always have an obvious cause, but can occur as a reaction to some prescription medication, or after taking illegal drugs. "Capsaicin, the key ingredient in the pepper, is a vasoactive substance, so it could potentially narrow the blood vessels to the most important organs like the heart and brain". However, as for the Carolina Reaper, it's probably best to stay away.

But despite its name and gnarled appearance, some people still eat these insanely hot chilli peppers for fun - or peer recognition.

Doctors say the case report should make other health care providers aware that RCVS can be brought on by eating chili peppers.

The man's symptoms improved within days.

Effectively, the Scoville Scale reflects the concentration of capsaicin, a neuropeptide-releasing agent found in all members of the pepper family. He had no further thunderclap headaches.

What's interesting is this isn't even the first time chilli peppers have caused these kinds of problems.

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