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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
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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
McGraw-Hill Concise Dictionary of Modern Medicine. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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.
Collins Dictionary of Medicine © Robert M. Youngson 2004, 2005
References in periodicals archive
Scientists still aren't quite sure just how cold things in the mouth cause ice cream headache
, but it's thought that cold food or drink might stem from the rapid cooling and rewarming of tiny blood vessels in the sinuses, which causes them to constrict and expand quickly.
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.
ICE CREAM HEADACHES
: Occur when something cold hits the top of your mouth - in migraine sufferers it can bring on a more serious attack.