Location and symptoms

Sharp pain in front of head  - centre of forehead or in one temple - immediately after swallowing ice cream or a very cold drink. Occasionally may produce pain behind the ear.

Precipitating factors

Localised pain in the palate or throat from holding ice or ice cream in the mouth or swallowing it while still very cold may refer pain to the head through the trigeminal nerve endings or the glossopharyngeal nerve.  More severe and typical migraine suffers are more likely to be prone to ice-cream headache.


Don’t eat ice cream or have drinks that are very cold.