Suffering from Brain Freeze? Not Today!

Nothing slows an ice cream enthusiast like an onslaught of brain freeze, or sphenopalatine ganglioneuralgia. Ever wondered why your favorite frozen dessert leaves you scrunching your face in pain? The answer is simple.

Located at the roof of your mouth are a cluster of nerves. When something cold touches it, the blood vessels shrink and then expand as blood rushes back into your mouth to warm it up. As a result, you get the sensation of having a headache. Brain freeze is most likely to occur in warm weather.

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The cure? Try to avoid contact between the roof of your mouth and ice cream as much as possible.

Comic by Sean Archer

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2 Responses to Suffering from Brain Freeze? Not Today!

  1. Cleveland Salcedo says:

    When something cold touches the roof of your mouth (your palate), the sudden temperature change of the tissue stimulates nerves to cause rapid dilation and swelling of blood vessels. This is an attempt to direct blood to the area and warm it back up. The dilation of the blood vessels triggers pain receptors, which release pain-causing prostaglandins, increase sensitivity to further pain, and produce inflammation while sending signals through the trigeminal nerve to alert the brain to the problem.^..,,

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  2. Very good article. I am experiencing some of these issues as well..

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