What eating world's hottest chilli pepper can do to you

Carolina Reaper pepper. courtesy

After eating one Carolina Reaper (the world's hottest chili pepper) in a chili-eating contest in NY, an unidentified man developed "thunderclap" headaches.

Immediately he began dry heaving and then developed intense neck and head pain starting at the back which then spread across the whole of the head.

Severe neck pain developed over the next few days along with debilitating severe headaches, lasting just a few seconds at a time. Doctors determined that the man's headaches were caused by a condition known as reversible cerebral vasoconstriction syndrome (RCVS).

However, eating cayenne pepper has been linked to heart attacks and a narrowing of the blood vessels in the heart, known as coronary vasospasm, according to the report.

The Carolina Reaper, which supermarket giant Tesco stocked last summer, is so hot that people are supposed to wear gloves when they handle it.

And as for the man in the case study, his thunderclap headaches went away on their own.

For context a Jalapeno has around 8000 scovilles, while standard grade pepper spray unleashes up to 5million. Measurements vary, but a really hot habanero might come in at 500,000 Scoville units.

"For example, in the case of ingestion of pepper, perhaps it is the intense pain triggered by the pepper which triggered the RCVS and not the pepper itself", Ducros added.

Dr. Lawrence C. Newman, a neurologist and director of the headache division at NYU Langone Health, said, "On a 1 to 10 scale, its off the charts". Their stormy aches can be a sign of serious problems, like bleeding in the brain, a brain infection, or a cerebrospinal fluid leak.

Much like the name suggests, they can be described as severely painful headaches that strike all of a sudden like thunder. His blood pressure was a little high, but not extremely so, at 134/69 mmHg. Consumers should also be vigilant about the risks if they attempt to eat a Carolina Reaper, Gunasekaran cautions.

The Reaper was bred to reach record levels of heat. The Carolina Reaper, on the other hand, is more than 2 million units and tastes "like molten lava", according to its creator Ed Currie.

A 34-year-old competitive eater has been hospitalised after taking part in a chilli-eating contest.

Hampton isn't the only person to take the mouth-numbing challenge. He has a partnership with a company that produces them. "I was in pain for two hours". This case is the first to show that similar blood vessel constriction can occur in the brain as well. "Dont chug milk because youll just throw it up".

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