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Rapid response to:


Ice cream headache

BMJ 1997; 314 doi: (Published 10 May 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;314:1364

Rapid Response:

How to kill the brain freeze

The simplest way (I've heard pinch of salt, ice there...) to
solve a "Mister Misty Headache" is to place the pad of your
thumb on the roof of your mouth. The whole problenm here is
the cold. Your thumb is nice and warm (unless you other
problems!) and warms up your palate within a few seconds -
headache gone, with no need to find something you may not
already have (I don't generally carry salt, or an ice cube
to put on my wrist, but my thumb is usually with me).

Competing interests: No competing interests

10 March 2001
Mike Pittelkow
Just a sufferer