Extremely Hot Chili Triggers Brain Condition

He ate the world's hottest pepper and landed in the hospital with thunderclap headaches

A 34-year-old man participated in a pepper-eating contest, ate a single Carolina Reaper and checked into the ER with a thunderclap headache, a severe headache that hits its peak within 60 seconds of onset.

Chef Rodrigo Recio with a "Carolina Reaper" chili after an unidentified man in NY was left with thunderclap headaches from eating the famous pepper. The headache was the result of an unusual blood vessel condition called reversible cerebral vasoconstriction syndrome (RCVS), doctors reported in the British Medical Journal's Case Reports. "Initially, when he ate the chili pepper, he got the pain immediately", Dr. Kulothungan Gunasekaran, an internist at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit who was involved in the man's case, told Newsweek. But then a pain in his neck and head came on like.?.?. a thunderclap. The man recovered over time and a brain scan taken five weeks later showed his arteries had returned to normal.

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

Brain scans showed the pepper-eater wasn't suffering from a stroke, but a major artery in his brain had narrowed.

For those who dare, the Carolina Reaper has a fruity, sweet taste with a hint of cinnamon and chocolate undertones, as well as being extremely hot, according to the website of Guinness World Records.

"The public should be aware that they might get [severe symptoms] after eating peppers, such as the Carolina Reaper", Gunasekaran explained. The thunderclap headaches reoccurred over the next few days.

Apparently, she didn't learn her lesson in 2014 when she tried Currie's first round of Carolina Reapers.

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He said RCVS can occur without an identifiable cause, as an idiosyncratic reaction to certain medications (ergotamine, selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, alpha- sympathomimetic decongestants and triptans) or secondary to an illicit drug (cocaine, amphetamines and ecstasy).

Eating cayenne pepper has previously been linked to heart attacks, the study authors said.

Eating super-hot chili peppers can have painful effects that extend beyond a blazing mouth, doctors warn.

World's hottest chili pepper can give one such a nasty headache that it could potentially warrant a trip to the hospital.

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

"Our patient's symptoms improved with supportive care, he had no further thunderclap headaches", the report said. Then they remembered the pepper.

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