What is Brain Freeze?
Many of us have experienced brain freeze before we even knew the term for it. Brain freeze is also known by other names, including “ice cream headache,” “cold-stimulus headache,” “cold neuralgia,” and “sphenopalatine ganglioneuralgia.”
The sensation is described as an intense, sharp, or throbbing headache around the forehead and temples that is caused by eating or drinking something cold. The feeling lasts for about a minute or so then fades away.
The exact mechanism and reason for a brain freeze are not completely understood. However, most scientists believe that nerves in the palate of the mouth are sensitive to temperature changes.
But is brain freeze dangerous? Brain freeze commonly happens when someone drinks or eats something very cold and very quickly. The reflex can be compared to how we cough or gag if we eat something too fast or do not chew it enough. Essentially, it is a way for our body to tell us to slow down.