Brain freeze is the condition, which has several names, including sphenopalatine ganglioneuralgia, cold stimulus headache, ice cream headache, and others.
Generally, it is a type of short-term headache, related to the rapid intake of ultimately cold drinks, ice pops or ice cream.
The only question is “Why do brain freezes happen?”
Following the results of medical research, there are several most common reasons for the condition occurrence, including:
- Cooling the sinus capillaries by any cold stimulus, resulting in the narrowing of blood vessels (vasoconstriction);
- Widening of blood vessels (vasodilation), triggered by fast rewarming by hot air or similar warm stimulus;
- Rapid changes that take place near the sensitive nerves.
Thus, the condition is associated mainly with rapid constriction of the vessels in the palate roof.
The issue is rather spread, and its treatment doesn’t require any specific medical procedures or therapies.
The most usual treatment presupposes warming of the mouth.
The treatment course results in prevention of further constrictions and successful headache relief.
Besides, keep in mind that the cold stimulus should be immediately removed, as it is the first thing necessary for blood vessels going back to normal size.
Anyway, brain freeze is a temporary issue that fades away really fast, triggers no side effects and cannot cause any abnormalities or life-threatening disorders.