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A 37-year-old male asked:

please share a tip in the form of a haiku on dealing with altitude sickness.

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Dr. Keshab Paudel
Internal Medicine 19 years experience
Ignore: If any symptoms of headache, nausea or visual problem due to high altitude, please try descend down.
Dr. Ethan Bindelglas
Family Medicine 22 years experience
Ignore: Ascend slowly, sleep at a lower elevation than highest altitude, stay hydrated. Consider prophylaxis.
Dr. Jessica Allan
Internal Medicine 23 years experience
Ignore: High altitude Breath taking views, need Diamox (acetazolamide) climb high sleep low slow.
Dr. Gerardo Guerra Bonilla
Family Medicine 12 years experience
Ignore: Gradual ascent is the surest and safest method of preventing or ameliorating high altitude sickness.
Dr. Scott Hacking
Family Medicine 18 years experience
Ignore: Diamox tablet. Prescribed by HealthTap doctor. Breathing better now.
Dr. Nicholas Nomicos
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Ignore: High up the mountain It's becoming hard to breathe Beware the thin air.
Dr. Aveshen Govender
Specializes in General Practice
Ignore: Ascend slowly. Your body needs 2 or 3 days to adjust to the increases in altitude.

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A 34-year-old member asked:

What sort of problem is altitude illness?

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Dr. Colin Kerr
Family Medicine 44 years experience
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 medium altitude before you go to high altitude. Consultation with an md can get you medicine to reduce the risk of illness. Many people (eg, skiers at 5000') experience mild illness--jittery, headache, insomnia. These mean it is time to take a break.
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A 39-year-old member asked:

Are any special tests needed, or can a regular doctor see me for my altitude illness?

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Dr. William Lizarraga
Internal Medicine 16 years experience
Regular doctor: Your primary care doctor can probably handle this without special testing. Some exceptions include people with lung and heart disease that require special consideration of their oxygen intake, but for most people, the primary care doctor is the best place to start!
A 44-year-old member asked:

Are the symptoms of altitude illness bad?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
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.
A member asked:

Do doctors see a lot of patients with altitude illness?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
No: High altitude illness occurs at high altitudes only, usually in association with mountain climbing.
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How common is it for somebody to get altitude illness?

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Dr. Marybeth Lambe
Travel Medicine 45 years experience
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 night, perhaps not being fit, not using preventative medicine) all increase risk. Altitude illness is first reversible by reversing direction and going back downhill. If ignored--deaths do occur. Take it seriously and learn about symptoms.

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