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The terrible Ice Cream Headache!
Posted on: November 19th, 2019


Brain freeze occurs when gulping down that frosty treat too quickly, and the extremely cold touches the roof of your mouth.


Fast facts on ice cream headaches

  • The ice-cream Headache medical term is Sphenopalatine Ganglion Neuralgia.
  • Scientists aren’t sure why it happens, but they think it might be produced by abrupt change in the blood flow to your brain.
  • The most common cure is warming the roof of the mouth to prevent this fast constriction and reduce the headache.
  • If you tend to get migraines, it might be worse!
  • Our body does this, probably as part of a self-defense mechanism.



Any cold provocation can cause Nerve Pain that results in a brain freeze.

  • Freeze of the capillaries of the sinuses by an extreme cold stimulus causes the nerves to react.
  • A drastic change in body temperature.


What can you do about it?


  • Try to warm the frosty treat in your mouth before swallow.
  • Take a minute and have a swig of warm water.
  • Press your tongue to the roof of your mouth.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with your hands and breath quickly to increase the flow of warm air to the palate.





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