Is Ice Cream The Secret To Soothing A Sore Throat? What The Science Says – Health Digest
One way in which a sore throat can manifest is in the aftermath of a surgical procedure, such as a tonsillectomy, in which a patient has their tonsils extracted. Researchers from a 2020 study published in Cureus monitored 50 child tonsillectomy patients between the ages of 3 and 15 who were given either room-temperature food items immediately following the procedure or ice cream. The goal of the study was to determine the efficacy of ice cream in minimizing patient pain after the operation. Research findings showed a strong correlation between eating ice cream and the absence of pain during the immediate surgical recovery period.
On the other hand, results of a 2019 study published in the Iranian Journal of Otorhinolaryngology found no such relationship. Researchers examined more than 100 children who were given either room-temperature foods after a tonsillectomy or cold-served food items. No significant relationship was found between a cold diet and patient pain reduction following the procedure. In fact, some children reported ice cream to be intolerable after a tonsillectomy.