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What causes brain freeze?

Brain freeze is a phenomenon people experience when they rapidly consume cold foods and drinks such as ice cream or slushies. The cold causes rapid constriction of the blood vessels in the palate and sinuses. As these vessels warm back up, they undergo extreme rebound dilation, which is sensed by nearby pain receptors and causes the painful headache we call brain freeze. The solution: slow down and savor your icy treat.
Dr. Robin Miller, MD
Internal Medicine
One bite of Chunky Monkey and ouch! You've got a pounding headache. I understand why this happens. Watch my video to get the scoop on brain freeze.

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