Carolina Reaper chilli triggers excruciating "thunderclap" headaches

10 April, 2018, 20:12 | Author: Hope Soto
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A 34-year-old man participated in the contest to eat the "Carolina Reaper" apparently the hottest pepper in the world was admitted to the hospital with constricted blood vessels in his brain because of a chili pepper. This led his primary neurologist, Dr. Gregory Cummings, to diagnosis him with thunderclap headaches-uncommon, extreme head pain that claps like thunder-caused by reversible cerebral vasoconstriction syndrome, a temporary artery narrowing in the brain.

The pepper-eating patient experienced dry heaves immediately after consuming the beast and then developed an intense headache and neck pain.

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.

The patient's symptoms cleared up on their own and a follow-up scan five weeks later showed the affected arteries had returned to their normal width.

"We would not advise against eating Carolina Reaper at this time, but we would recommend the general public be cautious about these adverse effects and we advise that they should seek medical attention immediately if they develop sudden onset headache after eating hot peppers".

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 can put you in a medical journal.

It is normally associated with certain medications, such as ergotamine or triptans, and illicit drugs, such as cocaine and amphetamines - not peppers.

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But, they point out, this is the first case caused by eating chilli peppers.

While there is no single cause, RCVS occurs when arteries in the brain constrict or narrow restricting bloodflow and increasing pressure. The Carolina Reaper, on the other hand, is more than 2 million units and tastes "like molten lava", according to its creator Ed Currie.

"When we were looking at the literature we found a couple of cases similar to our case", one of the researchers, Kulothungan Gunasekaran of the Henry Ford Health System in Detroit, told The Guardian.

The Scoville scale is a measure of spiciness, which is based on the concentration of capsaicin in a substance - the compound that makes peppers hot.

The man's symptoms improved without any specific treatment. In 2013, it snatched the title of world's hottest pepper from Trinidad Scorpion "Butch T" by Guinness World Records.

The patient was fine, with no lingering damage, but thunderclap headaches are not to be dismissed.


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