There have been stories have hot peppers putting people in the hospital. These are some side effects you need to watch out for.

However, we know in Amarillo we love our spicy foods, so it's unlikely that we experience these side effects!

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    Stomach Pain

    Anything from mild to totally discomfort. This can last for hours.

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    Sometimes the hotness of a pepper can be so severe that your body will go into shock. You can start to hyperventilate causing you to go into seizures.

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    A hole in your esophagus.

    Something in a chili won't be too bad. But something by itself... could be much more dangerous. There was a guy two years ago who ate a burger with a ghost pepper puree on it.  And all the coughing and puking he did tore a one-inch-long hole in his throat.

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    Anaphylactic shock and even DEATH.

    Ten years ago, a 33-year-old guy in England ate a bunch of homemade hot sauce. He basically overdosed on capsaicin, the compound that makes peppers so spicy.  It caused his body to release too many histamines, which put him into anaphylactic shock.  And he died in the middle of the night from heart failure.

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