Wednesday, May 22, 2013

We all scream for ice cream

Actually only some people get brain freeze when eating of drinking something cold too quickly. There is a term for this (of course, there is) and it's sphenopalatine ganglioneuralgia.

Scientists at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winson-Salem, SC, prefer to think of it as the body's way of telling you to slow down.

Brain freeze is a rapid-onset headache that also goes away rapidly.  The mouth has many temperature receptors--and eating something cold fast does not give the mouth time to adjust and basically your body goes YOW!

The brain itself does not feel pain, but the receptors in the outer coverr called meninges do. When the cold hits, arteries dilate and contract and this comes off as pain.

What if you get brain freeze? Well, I will speak slowly--stop porking in the cold item, step away from the icy treat. Also press your tongue to the roof of your mouth to warm it or drink something tepid.

Notice I did not say no more ice cream, just no more eating ice cream like a piglet.

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