How eating the world’s hottest chilli can backfire

The first reported case of thunderclap headache serves as a warning

Doctors in the US have issued a warning against eating very hot chillies after a 34-year-old man turned up at an emergency department with “excruciating” thunderclap headaches.


His symptoms began with dry heaves but no vomiting immediately after participating in a chilli-eating contest in which he ate a carolina reaper’, the hottest chili in the world.

An account published in BMJ Case Reports says he developed intense neck and occipital head pain that became holocephalic. 

During the next few days, his doctors report that he experienced “brief,