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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
Respiratory: High altitude illness causes fluid in the lungs resulting in difficulty in breathing and poor oxygenation of blood. Symptoms may include cough with f ... Read More

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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
Lower altitude: High altitude illness is a serious issue and I am not sure i understand what you mean by altitude illness. The treatment for high altitude sickness is ... Read More
Dr. Kenneth Cheng
30 years experience Family Medicine
Safe descent: The best treatment for altitude illness or altitude sickness is to decrease one's elevation by at least 1000 ft (quickly and safely.) if symptoms do n ... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Colin Kerr
43 years experience Family Medicine
Altitude illness: Altitude illness can be a serious problem. If not recognized early , it can be fatal. The key aspect of prevention is to acclimatize yourself to a med ... Read More
Dr. Marybeth Lambe
44 years experience Travel Medicine
A poor term / Broad: 1. Acute mountain sickness w/ headache, nausea, irritability 2 as climb > 8000 meters, risk for high altitude pulmonary edema (hape). Fluid in lu ... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
Yes: High altitude sickness is associated with fluid accumulation in the lungs which causes severe shortness of breath and if left untreated, may be lethal ... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Cheng
30 years experience Family Medicine
Drop in elevation: The best treatment for altitude illness or altitude sickness is to decrease one's elevation by at least 1000 ft (quickly and safely.) if symptoms do ... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
Lower altitude: High altitude illness is a serious issue and I am not sure i understand what you mean by altitude illness. The treatment for high altitude sickness i ... Read More
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Dr. Marybeth Lambe
44 years experience Travel Medicine
Common: Almost 1/3 of people have symptoms above 3000 meters (9800 feet) some seem more sensitive at lower altitude. Going up faster, (also sleeping high at n ... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Cheng
30 years experience Family Medicine
Many: Symptoms of altitude sickness include headache, nausea, dizziness or unsteadiness, confusion, mental status changes, shortness of breath and coughing. ... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Robert Greer
43 years experience Family Medicine
Shouldn't: Your dr has several choices to prevent altitude illness including "diamox" a special type of diuretic(water pill), cortisone, nifedipine, or salmetero ... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
At high altitude: Only people climbing to a high altitude get high altitude illness, especially if they do it without proper acclimatization.

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