14 June 2010

Brain freeze

Have you ever wondered what triggers an ice cream headache? Have a look at this simple explanation.

Have you ever wondered what triggers an ice cream headache?

Sometimes when you eat something cold, especially ice cream, it touches the top of your mouth and initiates a nerve reaction that swells blood vessels in your head. This causes a headache that usually resolves within a minute.

To avoid brain freeze, try eating frozen goodies slowly, giving the roof of your mouth time to warm up between bites. 

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Dr Elliot Shevel is a South African migraine surgery pioneer and the founder and medical director of The Headache Clinic in Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town, South Africa. The Headache Clinic is a multidisciplinary practice dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of Primary Headaches and Migraines. Dr Shevel is also the main author of all scientific publications generated by his team. He recently won a high level science debate in which he was able to prove that the current migraine diagnosis and classification is not based on data. Tertiary Education - Dr Shevel holds both Dental and Medical degrees, and practises as a specialist Maxillo-facial and Oral Surgeon. Follow the Headache Clinic on Twitter@HeadacheClinic.

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