What Causes Ice Cream Headaches?

What Causes Ice Cream Headaches?

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LAND CONSERVATION, LEARN MORE ABOUT THE PRODUCTS AND MISSION BY VISITING WCCO.COM /LINKS. ICE CREAM MIGHT BE THE PERFECT SUMMER TREE, BUT IT CAN COME WITH A MINDNUMBING SIDE EFFECT, WHAT CAUSES ICE CREAM HEADACHES? GOOD QUESTION, HUNTER BROWN EXPLAINS THE THEORY BEHIND BRAIN FREEZE. Reporter: YOU KNOW WHEN YOU EAT ICE CREAM TOO FAST, AND YOU GET THAT SHRIEKING, SOARING HEADACHE? IT HURTS, BUT ONLY FOR A MINUTE. AND WE WANT TO KNOW WHY IT HAPPENS. IT’S LIKE DUMPING YOUR HEAD INTO FREEZING COLD WATER, WHICH I’M NOT GOING TO DO. IN THE HOLE! Reporter: EXPERT’S AREN’T EXACTLY — EXPERTS AREN’T EXACTLY SURE WHAT IS BEHIND THE HEADACHE, BUT THEY HAVE A THEORY. THAT WHEN SOMETHING COLD TOUCHES YOUR THROAT OR MOUTH, THE MUSCLES CONSTRICT AND DILATE VERY QUICKLY, THE PAIN RECEPTORS IN THE AREA FEEL IT AND SEND THE MESSAGE TO THE BRAIN, IT USES A NERVE THAT CARRIES SIGNALS FROM THE FACE, SO THE BRAIN THINKS THE PAIN IS COMING FROM THE FOUR HEAD, RATHER THAN THE MOUTH. IT IS CALLED REFERRED PAIN, LIKE IF YOU HAVE A HEART ATTACK, BUT IT IS YOUR SHOULDER THAT HURTS. THERE IS REALLY NO WAY TO STOP BRAIN FREEZE, YOU JUST HAVE TO SLOW IT DOWN, WHEN YOU EAT ICE CREAM, SLUSHY’S, ICE COLD WATER, EASIER SAID THAN DONE. IF YOU HAVE A QUESTION FOR

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