A 34-year-old member asked:
what sort of problem is altitude illness?
2 doctor answers
Dr. Colin Kerr answered
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 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.
Answered on Feb 9, 2012
Dr. Marybeth Lambe answered
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 lungs, short of breath, can be fatal 3. Also, at same altitude: high altitude cerebral edema(hace)confusion, staggering, sleepiness. Also can be fatal if concerned you are going to signif altitude, see a wilderness medicine or travel provider.
Answered on Feb 1, 2014
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