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Doctor insights on: Can Traveling To High Altitudes Affect Morning Sickness

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Dr. Sewa Legha
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High Altitude (Definition)

As one ascends through the atmosphere, every breath contains fewer molecules of oxygen. One must work harder to obtain oxygen, by breathing faster and deeper. The % of oxygen in the atmosphere at sea level is 21%. As altitude increases, the % remains the same but the number of oxygen molecules per breath is reduced. At 12, 000 feet 40% fewer oxygen molecules per breath. Your ...Read more


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Why do I keep getting altitude sickness @ high altitudes. I'm in good physical shape and have a heart rate of an athlete.?

Why do I keep getting altitude sickness @ high altitudes.  I'm in good physical shape and have a heart rate of an athlete.?

Fitness is unrelated: Unfortunately, altitude sickness effects people quite variably, with some people highly susceptible. Vulnerability to altitude sickness is not affected by level of physical conditioning. Medications can be very helpful, including Nifedipine and dexamethasone, but these have to be chosen carefully depending on any other health issues that you may have. Gradual ascent is the only certain prevention. ...Read more

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Lightheadedness and tingling in the face in addition to dull headache at high altitude. Acute mountain sickness? Very uncomfortable. Treatment?

Lightheadedness and tingling in the face in addition to dull headache at high altitude. Acute mountain sickness? Very uncomfortable. Treatment?

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. ...Read more

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Ear infection, sore throat, high altitude sickness?

Ear infection, sore throat, high altitude sickness?

Question?: The infections are typically treated with antibiotics if bacterial. The altitude sickness is best treated with hydration and rest, if it is mild. If it more severe, go to an emergency room. ...Read more

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2 yr old w/ history of chronic lung disease (bronchopulmonary dysplasia), recently d/c supplemental O2. Is it safe to travel to high altitudes?

2 yr old w/ history of chronic lung disease (bronchopulmonary dysplasia), recently d/c supplemental O2. Is it safe to travel to high altitudes?

Keep the oxygen: How high are you going? Whether to bring the oxygen is a question for the pulmonoogist. These kids are in some danger both from hypoxia and from blood vessels in lungs constructing at lower oxygen tensions. ...Read more

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What does high altitude do for ischemic heart disease, is there any difference?

What does high altitude do for ischemic heart disease, is there any difference?

Stress on heart: Pts who go to high altitudes find that there is less availbla oxygen for them to do such things as execise etc. Over time the body adapts by making more red blood cells .And they wont feel so fatigued or short of breathe with activities. But this adaptation takes time. A pt with ischemic heart disease doesnt always have the reserve during the transition and agina or even a heart attack can occur. ...Read more

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How do u know if your pregnant if u don't get morning sickness?

How do u know if your pregnant if u don't get morning sickness?

Pregnancy Test: Fortunately, not everyone gets morning sickness. You can buy a urine pregnancy test at the pharmacy, or ask your doctor to order a blood test. The urine tests have a small chance of "false negative" very early in pregnancy, but overall they're very reliable. ...Read more

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What can I do for morning sickness when Zofran (ondansetron) doesn't work?

What can I do for morning sickness when Zofran (ondansetron) doesn't work?

Nausea of pregnancy: Zofran (ondansetron) is not the only medication that can safely help your nausea -- talk with your ob-gyn about other options. Also ginger may help, either tea or nibbling crystallized pieces. http://tinyurl.com/n447plo acupressure/acupuncture may help. Classical homeopathy may help also: http://tinyurl.Com/mqsufqp. ...Read more

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I don't know if I am pregnant how early could morning sickness be present?

I don't know if I am pregnant how early could morning sickness be present?

Run a test: If you're wondering about pregnancy, you should run a home urine pregnancy test. By the time a woman has morning sickness, the test will be positive. Morning sickness usually comes on about 4 weeks after conception. ...Read more

Dr. Abraham Jaskiel
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Morning Sickness (Definition)

It's the nauseated feeling (sometimes with vomiting) some women get in their first trimester of pregnancy, usually between 6 and ...Read more