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They described the case of a 34-year-old man who ate a Carolina Reaper hot pepper in a contest.

After eating one of these scorching hot peppers, a young man immediately began dry heaving and then developed severe neck pain and a series of intense headaches, which lasted for just a few seconds at a time yet persisted over several days.

Doctors diagnosed him with thunderclap headaches, caused by reversible cerebral vasoconstriction syndrome (RCVS) - that's narrowed arteries to you and me. 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 man, who has not been identified, immediately began dry heaving after sampling the chilli, the United States authors said. Over the next few days he suffered thunderclap headaches, with excruciating pain that eventually sent him to the emergency room.

Thankfully, the man's symptoms cleared out by themselves, and a subsequent CT scan five weeks later showed that his affected arteries had returned to their normal width. This condition is characterized by a temporary narrowing of the arteries accompanied by a thunderclap headache.

"Given the development of symptoms immediately after exposure to a known vasoactive substance, it is plausible that our patient had RCVS secondary to the Carolina Reaper", the authors said.

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As an aside, thunderclap headaches are typically linked to life-threatening conditions such as stokes and meningitis.

The Carolina Reaper is a cross between Sweet Habanero and Naga Viper chillies and is known to be the hottest pepper on Earth. Sometimes, this condition can occur as a reaction to certain prescription drugs, or to illegal drugs such as cocaine or ecstasy.

If you eat a really hot pepper, you expect pain.

But in this instance, the pepper's spiciness caused the blood vessels supplying his brain to temporarily thin, producing the same painful outcome.

"It was a big surprise to everyone", said doctor Kulothungan Gunasekaran of the Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, one of the authors of the article that warns of the dangers of playing with chilli fire. However, as for the Carolina Reaper, it's probably best to stay away.

The man's symptoms improved without any specific treatment. He achieved this accomplishment by consuming 120 grams of the pepper in 60 seconds at the Arizona Hot Sauce Expo in November 2016. He had no further thunderclap headaches. "We eat them all the time", he said, with no ill consequences beyond pain.

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