Ice cream headaches

Ice cream headaches are brief, stabbing headaches that can happen when you eat or drink something cold. Ice pops, slushy frozen drinks, ice cream, and other cold foods and drinks can have the same "brain-freeze" effect.

But there's good news. Most ice cream headaches are gone in the time it would take you to say their medical name — "headache attributed to ingestion or inhalation of a cold stimulus."

Symptoms Causes Risk factors Prevention

Ice cream headache symptoms include:

  • Sharp, stabbing pain in the forehead
  • Pain that peaks about 30 to 60 seconds after it begins
  • Pain that rarely lasts longer than five minutes

When to see a doctor

Because ice cream headaches go away on their own shortly after they start, there's no need to see a doctor.

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