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How common is it for somebody to get altitude illness?

How common is it for somebody to get altitude illness?

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. ...Read more

Dr. Benjamin Constance
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Altitude Illness (Definition)

A condition that occurs when you can't get enough oxygen from the air at high altitudes. This causes symptoms such as a headache, loss of appetite, and trouble sleeping. It happens most often when people who are not used to high altitudes go quickly from lower altitudes to ...Read more


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How common is it for somebody to get rhinosporiodosis?

How common is it for somebody to get rhinosporiodosis?

Uncommon unless...: You live in the tropics or have been swimming in stagnant water as its caused by a fresh water protozoan - hillbilly handfishing alert! that said i've never seen or heard of a case. I daresay that my colleagues and i don't think of this disease when we find nasal polyps. We may be missing a few cases. ...Read more

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How common is it for somebody to get legionellosis?

How common is it for somebody to get legionellosis?

Uncommon, not rare: Legionnaires disease was discovered from an outbreak of pneumonia at a hotel in philly of veterans. The bacterium was found in the air-condition/heating ducts. Old, uncleaned, poorly filtered ducts are still a common source of infection by inhaling the organism. Fortunately, it is quite treatable. Symptoms would be the same as any pneumonia. Fever, shaking chills, prouductive cough, chest pain... ...Read more

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How common is it for somebody to get thalassemia?

How common is it for somebody to get thalassemia?

Trait is more common: The thalassemia trait is a fairly common finding in certain ethnic groups (those of mediterranean, african, and some asian descents). The trait is generally a mild condition the contributes to a mild form of anemia that generally does not cause any problems. If both genes are affected, a child will have thalassemia which causes a much more significant type of anemia. That condition is more rare. ...Read more

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How common is it for somebody to get endocarditis?

How common is it for somebody to get endocarditis?

Rare: From the perspective of the general public, it's a rare disease. Risk factors are intravenous drug abuse and poor dental hygiene. People who have developed a blood infection (septicemia) from any cause at are increased risk. People with underlying structural abnormalities of their valves or artificial valves are at higher risk. ...Read more

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How common is it for somebody to get pneumocystis infections?

How common is it for somebody to get pneumocystis infections?

Normally uncommon: This is generally a disease which affects immunocompromised individuals. Patients with hiv-aids, those with certain malignancies, or other conditions in which normal host-defenses have been diminished are most affected. Seldom seen in "normal" individuals. ...Read more

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How common is it for somebody to get parotitis?

How common is it for somebody to get parotitis?

Parotitis: Because of the us vaccination program (MMR) mumps is very rare; ~ 800 cases are reported each year, primarily in children under 15. Many foreign countries do not use/have available the mumps vaccine; consequently, the incidence of disease there is much higher. ...Read more

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How common is it for somebody to get alzheimer's?

How common is it for somebody to get alzheimer's?

Depends: The incidence of alzheimer's disease depends on a person's age and to some extent family history. 10% of people over 65, and >45% of people over 85 have ad. If there is late onset ad in the family (onset >65) the risk to children is only a few percent. If there is early onset ad (onset < 60) the risk can be up to 50%. The early onset type of ad is much, much less common overall. ...Read more

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How common is it for somebody to get overdose?

How common is it for somebody to get overdose?

Of what?: If you are asking about a prescribed medication, rarely if you take the medication as prescribed. ...Read more

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How common is it for somebody to get narcolepsy?

How common is it for somebody to get narcolepsy?

It depends: The answer depends on what population you are talking about. In the us, narcolepsy is estimated to affect 1 in 2000 people. It is much more common in japan, very rare in israel. ...Read more

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How common is it for somebody to get pheochromocytoma?

How common is it for somebody to get pheochromocytoma?

Pheochromocytoma: It is a very rare cause of HTN. I specialize in difficult HTN a common problem in pheo. I have only seen 12 cases in 55 years. Happy to do 2nd opinion to provide more help. ...Read more

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How common is it for somebody to get autism?

How common is it for somebody to get autism?

Depends: The current belief is that 1 out of 150 children can be diagnosed with an autistic spectrum disorder. However, there is concern that the criteria for autistic spectrum disorder are to broad. ...Read more

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How common is it for somebody to get renal trauma?

How common is it for somebody to get renal trauma?

Trauma: The kidneys are located in such a way that any significant trauma to the flank (sides) or lower back can result in potential damage to the kidneys. It is not unusual for people in car accidents or contact sports to occasionally see blood in their urine following a serious impact. However, it does take a significant trauma....Not usually mild contact. ...Read more

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How common is it for somebody to get rhabdomyolysis?

How common is it for somebody to get rhabdomyolysis?

Not common: Serious rhabdomyolisis is uncommon but needs immediate medical care. Preventable causes include overuse exercise without good hydration and use of certain recreational drugs. Mild rhabdomyolisis can occur with vigorous sports, but is rarely symptomatic and resolves quickly. The best preventive is good hydration during vigorous activity and don't overheat. ...Read more

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How common is it for somebody to get astrocytoma?

How common is it for somebody to get astrocytoma?

Uncommon: Astrocytomas occur in approximately 3 out of 100, 000 people annually. ...Read more

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How common is it for somebody to get failure to thrive?

How common is it for somebody to get failure to thrive?

FTT: Failure to thrive (ftt) is a common problem in pediatric practice. It is more common in children living in poverty. In one report from a rural primary care setting, 10% of children less than one year of age had ftt. In some populations, up to one-third of patients with ftt may go undiagnosed. ...Read more

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How common is it for somebody to get hypoglycemia?

How common is it for somebody to get hypoglycemia?

True hypo? Rare: People often think they are hypoglycemic, but very few people actually have measurably low glucose unless they are on diabetes medication ( in which case it is very common). ...Read more

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How common is it for somebody to get pyomyositis?

How common is it for somebody to get pyomyositis?

Pyomyositis: This is an bacterial infection in the muscle, using found in the tropics, that can lead to abscess formation and damage to the muscle. In the US this is rare. ...Read more

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How common is it for somebody to get sarcoma?

How common is it for somebody to get sarcoma?

Not common: Sarcomas are not very common, they can occur in the soft-tissue or bones and every year about 12000-15000 cases occur in the USA. ...Read more

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