Carolina Reaper is world hottest pepper

10 April, 2018, 20:12 | Author: Jeffery Armstrong
  • Pods of the Carolina Reaper pepper are seen in

A 34-year-old man landed in the emergency department of a hospital after piercing his teeth into the world's hottest chilli pepper in a chilli-eating competition in New York State because he experienced "thunderclap" headaches as a result and it continued for days.

"His symptoms began with dry heaves but no vomiting immediately after participation in a hot pepper contest where he ate one "Carolina Reaper"," Dr Kulothungan Gunasekaran of the Bassett Medical Center in NY said in the report.

A scan showed several arteries in his brain had temporarily narrowed, causing severe episodic "thunderclap" headaches.

Thunderclap headaches are rare, intense and can develop in just 60 seconds.

Doctors diagnosed him with reversible cerebral vasoconstriction syndrome - RCVS for short.

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The Carolina Reaper ranks between 1,500,000-2.2million units on the Scoville Scale, which is a measurement of the spicy heat of chilli peppers. In addition to the onset of severe thunderclap headaches, which can last up to several weeks, RCVS is known to cause nausea, blurred vision, vomiting, confusion, and difficulty speaking.

While they had never caused thunderclap headaches before, eating hot peppers has been known to cause health problems before. Sometimes, this condition can occur as a reaction to certain prescription drugs, or to illegal drugs such as cocaine or ecstasy.

This is the first time that a pepper has caused brain blood vessel constriction.

The Carolina Reaper definitely isn't your average chili pepper - it's the hottest chili pepper on the planet.

"He thought it would go away, but it did not", said Dr. Kulothungan Gunasekaran, one of report's authors.

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"No cases of RCVS secondary to peppers or cayenne have been previously reported, but ingestion of cayenne pepper has been associated with coronary vasospasm and acute myocardial infarction".

Some people like to do this sort of thing in private - testing their powers of endurance for reasons only they know - while for others competing against fellow hot-pepper fanatics is the name of the game.

The man's symptoms cleared up by themselves. He had no further thunderclap headaches.

Three competitors, who are not involved in this story or case report, are seen participating in a chili pepper eating competition in Ningxiang, China.

Effectively, the Scoville Scale reflects the concentration of capsaicin, a neuropeptide-releasing agent found in all members of the pepper family.

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