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Man who ate the world's hottest chilli pepper lands in hospital

Man who ate the world's hottest chilli pepper lands in hospital

The 34-year-old man, who was not identified, experienced a series of intense headaches and dry heaving after eating a Carolina Reaper, reportedly the hottest pepper in the world, during the contest in NY.

"His symptoms began with dry heaves but no vomiting immediately after participation in a hot pepper contest where he ate one 'Carolina Reaper, ' the hottest chili pepper in the world".

Doctors diagnosed him with thunderclap headache secondary to reversible cerebral vasoconstriction syndrome. This particular pepper is considered the hottest chili pepper in the world, according to the report, published today (April 9) in the journal BMJ Case Reports.

The doctor who saw the man cautioned anybody eating chilli peppers and experience sudden headaches to seek medical attention at once, according to a BBC report. He developed a crushing neck pain and an intense headache. Five weeks later, another CT scan showed that his brain arteries had returned to normal.

Because while it's common for the chilli to cause extreme discomfort, it's believed this was the first time it has been linked to thunderclap headaches.

But then, a CT scan revealed that several arteries in the man's brain had narrowed.

The Carolina Reaper, which can top 2.2m on the Scoville heat scale, was the world's hottest pepper at the time of the incident in 2016 - although new breeds called Pepper X and Dragon's Breath have since reportedly surpassed it.

Its creator, Ed Currie, has since crossbred the Reaper to create "Pepper X", which he says is twice as hot. Dr. Gunasekaran stated that an active ingredient in chili peppers, known as capsaicin, can trigger blood vessel constriction and may have been the main culprit in this case.

RCVS does not always have an obvious cause, but can occur as a reaction to some prescription medication, or after taking illegal drugs.

The 34-year-old had eaten just one of the chillies at a chilli eating contest.

The new pepper, however, is even hotter.

Speaking of symptoms, the man did not show any sign of stroke because he did not have any kind of neurological deficits such as slurred speech or muscle weakness.

Three competitors, who are not involved in this story or case report, are seen participating in a chili pepper eating competition in Ningxiang, China. So in other words, hot peppers are known to have vasoactive properties, meaning that they can affect the size of blood vessels. He had no further thunderclap headaches.