It turns out that weird pain in your chest you get soon after eating ice cream too fast is caused from a spasm in the esophageal muscle, according to Dr. Douglas Hoch, a pulmonary specialist in Muskegon and the medical director for the Muskegon County Health Department.
What causes brain and chest freeze?
It is a short-term headache typically linked to the rapid consumption of ice cream, ice pops, or very cold drinks. Brain freeze occurs when something extremely cold touches the upper palate (roof of the mouth). It typically happens when the weather is very hot, and the individual consumes something cold too fast.
Why do some people not get brain freeze?
“Although everyone has a trigeminal nerve, not everyone experiences brain freeze. It’s thought that perhaps some people’s nerves may be more sensitive than others,” adds Dr. Krel. “In fact, those who experience brain freeze can also be more likely to experience migraines.”
Is getting brain freeze genetic?
Brain freeze may have a heritable component. Kids who have brain freeze tend to have parents who experience it, too.
Can Brain Freeze harm you?
While ice cream headaches can hit anyone who enjoys an icy-cold treat, you might be more likely to have them — or they might be worse — if you tend to get migraines. But brain freeze is generally thought to be harmless, so that triple-scoop cone won’t trigger a migraine or any other type of serious headache.
What is ice cream headache?
Technically known as cold-stimulus headaches, an ice cream headache is set off when an unusually cold substance passes over the palate and back of the throat. Typical triggers include blended icy drinks, ice water and frozen treats such as ice cream, particularly when consumed rapidly on a warm day.
Does chocolate help with headache?
When enjoyed in moderation, dark chocolate has a whole array of health benefits — some of which might even help prevent migraines in a round-about way. Several studies have found that eating cocoa-containing foods helps lower blood pressure, which is important to note since high blood pressure is linked to migraines.
How long can migraines last?
A migraine usually lasts from four to 72 hours if untreated. How often migraines occur varies from person to person. Migraines might occur rarely or strike several times a month.