A 50-year-old male asked:
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lightheadedness and tingling in the face in addition to dull headache at high altitude. acute mountain sickness? very uncomfortable. treatment?

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Dr. Dariush Saghafi
33 years experience Neurology
Barometric headache: Features of mountain sickness do come to mind when you give that history. There is also another entity called barometric headache which occurs in some individuals who reach an altitude of above 7500 feet. Treatment could be acclimation to the altitude or simply coming down from that altitude for a time and then returning until acclimation occurs. Fluids and simple analgesics may be of benefit.
Answered on Jun 20, 2017
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Dr. Eric Weisman
36 years experience Neurology
Use of a medication like Diamox for a few days prior to travel to the mountains might help a lot. It has to do with shifting the oxygen hemaglobin disociation curve so that oxygen is more easily released to the tissues.
Apr 27, 2014

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