ice cream headache


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A migraine triggered by oropharyngeal irritation due to cold foods, the ingestion of which may cause bifrontal headaches in individuals prone to migraines

ice cream headache

 A migraine triggered by oropharyngeal irritation due to cold foods, the ingestion of which may cause bifrontal headaches in Pts with migraines

ice cream headache

One of the commonest causes of headache, experienced by at least one third of ice cream afficionados when ingestion is rapid and mouthfuls large. The pain is induced by narrowing of arteries following cooling of the back part of the hard palate. It is felt in the forehead or temporal region, starts soon after the first mouthful, and reaches a climax within a minute. Occasionally it persists for as long as five minutes. There is no reason to suppose that this form of referred pain is harmful, but it can be avoided by a more restrained habit of consumption.
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Pretty much anyone can get a brain freeze, but people that are prone to migraines or with a history of head injuries may be more susceptible to ice cream headaches, according to the Mayo Clinic.
That sharp pain after you bite into a Chipwich is an ice cream headache or brain freeze.
Ice cream headache, the pain experienced when eating something very cold,is a recognised medical condition - and the most common cause of pain in the head, according to an article in the British Medical Journal.
Instead, warm up the ice cream for a few seconds in the front of your mouth, where it is less likely to cause the fleeting, yet stabbing, head pain known as an ice cream headache or ``brain freeze,'' recommends Dr.