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What causes Ice-cream headaches?

Loren A. Evey lae2 at psu.edu
Thu Feb 22 00:12:02 EST 1996

In Article<dandrews-2102961624380001 at medanat-gen-lab2.tamu.edu>, > 
> In article <4fu8c8$om at atlas.uniserve.com>, ggowland at uniserve.com
> (ggowland) wrote:
> > It's science project time for my 11 year old daughter's grade 5 class. We 
> > are trying to put together some information about what the causes the 
> > pain when you eat something cold too fast. Also we can't seem to find an 
> > answer as to what this condition is called by the medical community. Any 
> > and all info would be greatly appreciated.
> > 
> > Yours truly
> > G.Gowland
> greetings,
> How about the cold substance causing a contraction in the sinuses above
> the roof of the mouth (when the air iside suddenly is cooled) causing a
> reduced pressure and subsequent pain until body temp rewarms the air and
> reduces the pressure.
> Dave
There are openings that communicate between the air sinuses and the nasal 
cavity (superior/middle meatus, sphenoethmoidal recess).  Unless these 
openings are closed there should not be changes in air pressure.

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