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Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge
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Mountain Sickness (Overview)

Mountain sickness (Altitude sickness) is caused by exposure to low partial pressure of oxygen at high altitudes. Possible symptoms include headache. nausea/vomiting. dizziness,fatigue, decreased appetite. upset stomach & unsteadiness.


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What are the types of mountain sickness and causes?

What are the types of mountain sickness and causes?

Mountain sickness: There are several stages, not types, of mountain sickness. With all, the cause is ascending to elevation faster than the person can equilibrate. Initial symptoms include fatigue, insomnia, headache, dizziness, and nausea, w/shortness of breath on exertion. Progresses to cyanosis, shortness of breath @ rest, confusion. Pulmonary edema, to coma & death. Must descend as quickly as safely possible. ...Read more

Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge
24 doctors shared insights

Mountain Sickness (Overview)

Mountain sickness (Altitude sickness) is caused by exposure to low partial pressure of oxygen at high altitudes. Possible symptoms include headache. nausea/vomiting. dizziness,fatigue, decreased appetite. upset stomach & unsteadiness.


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What medical symptoms might I get when I have mountain sickness?

What medical symptoms might I get when I have mountain sickness?

Mountain sickness: Symptoms can range from mild to severe. Initially, there may be dizziness, lightheadedness, fatigue, nausea, loss of appetite, rapid pulse, and shortness of breath w/exertion. Later there can be chest tightness, blue skin discoloration (cyanosis), confusion, cough, coughing up blood, withdrawal from social interaction, and shortness of breath @ rest. Worst stage is coma and death. ...Read more

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Preventing Altitude Sickness (Checklist)

Drink water regularly
once
Rest at new altitude to acclimate your body
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Talk to your doctor about meds to prevent altitude sickness
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What is the best way to diagnose acute mountain sickness? I usually get headaches, lightheadedness and occasional nausea at high elevation.

What is the best way to diagnose acute mountain sickness? I usually get headaches, lightheadedness and occasional nausea at high elevation.

Mountain sickness: Those are exactly the symptoms you will feel at higher elevations if you can, try to move upto the higher elevations more gradually and you will accommodate a little better. Good luck. ...Read more

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What are the tests for mountain sickness?

What are the tests for mountain sickness?

Altitude sickness: Acute altitude sickness may be associated with any combination of the following symptoms: fatigue, headache, dizziness, insomnia, shortness of breath during exertion, nausea, decreased appetite, swelling of extremities. Altitude sickness develops when the rate of ascent into higher altitudes outpaces the body's ability to adjust to those altitudes. ...Read more

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Managing Morning Sickness (Checklist)

Avoid having an empty stomach
hourly
Eat protein-rich foods such as nuts
every 3 hours
Sip ginger ale or other carbonated beverages
at bedtime
Keep crackers and ginger ale next to your bed
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What can cause acute mountain sickness?

What can cause  acute mountain sickness?

Altitude sickness: Acute altitude sickness may be associated with any combination of the following symptoms: fatigue, headache, dizziness, insomnia, shortness of breath during exertion, nausea, decreased appetite, swelling of extremities. Altitude sickness develops when the rate of ascent into higher altitudes outpaces the body's ability to adjust to those altitudes. ...Read more

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How is mountain sickness treated if no doctor?

How is mountain sickness treated if no doctor?

Go DOWN: First principle in treating mountain sickness is to climb down from high altitude as soon as safely possible. Also like my colleague says, extra oxygen. If you're going hiking above 8000 feet, it's good to have some Diamox (acetazolamide) (a diuretic) in your pack, just in case. Drink plenty of fluids if using this. Avoid alcohol before you ascend in the first place. ...Read more

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What's the best treatment to get rid of altitude illness?

What's the best treatment to get rid of altitude illness?

Decrease altitude: If one is having altitude or high altitude sickness the best possible treatment is to decrease one's altitude and acclimatize at lower levels until feeling better. Otherwise if not practical and less severe then try resting and hydrating for 24+ hours . Also one can treat or prophylax with Diamox (acetazolamide) ahead of time...Often this is very helpful as well. ...Read more

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Have history of sinus problems and will be tavelling to nepal soon. Some tips to prevent mountain sickness?

Acclimatization: The best method to prevent high altitude illness is to limit your rate of ascent to high altitudes. If you will be climbing a high peak, you should follow a careful acclimatization schedule, increasing sleep altitude by no more than 300m each night. If you are a casual tourist and will not be needing to maintain your aerobic endurance, acetazolamide can be used to help prevent altitude sickness. ...Read more

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Ams (acute mountain sickness)?

Ams (acute mountain sickness)?

See below: Altitude sickness—also known as acute mountain sickness (ams), altitude illness, hypobaropathy, "the altitude bends", or soroche—is a pathological effect of high altitude on humans, caused by acute exposure to low partial pressure of oxygen at high altitude. It commonly occurs above 2, 400 metres (8, 000 feet). ...Read more

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What can cause acute mountain sickness?

Altitude sickness: Acute altitude sickness may be associated with any combination of the following symptoms: fatigue, headache, dizziness, insomnia, shortness of breath during exertion, nausea, decreased appetite, swelling of extremities. Altitude sickness develops when the rate of ascent into higher altitudes outpaces the body's ability to adjust to those altitudes. ...Read more

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What are the tests for mountain sickness?

Altitude sickness: Acute altitude sickness may be associated with any combination of the following symptoms: fatigue, headache, dizziness, insomnia, shortness of breath during exertion, nausea, decreased appetite, swelling of extremities. Altitude sickness develops when the rate of ascent into higher altitudes outpaces the body's ability to adjust to those altitudes. ...Read more

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What are the types of mountain sickness and causes?

Mountain sickness: There are several stages, not types, of mountain sickness. With all, the cause is ascending to elevation faster than the person can equilibrate. Initial symptoms include fatigue, insomnia, headache, dizziness, and nausea, w/shortness of breath on exertion. Progresses to cyanosis, shortness of breath @ rest, confusion. Pulmonary edema, to coma & death. Must descend as quickly as safely possible. ...Read more

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What are the symptomsof moderate acute mountain sickness?

What are the symptomsof moderate acute mountain sickness?

Altitude sickness: Acute altitude sickness may be associated with any combination of the following symptoms: fatigue, headache, dizziness, insomnia, shortness of breath during exertion, nausea, decreased appetite, swelling of extremities. Altitude sickness develops when the rate of ascent into higher altitudes outpaces the body's ability to adjust to those altitudes. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Mountain sickness?

What is the definition or description of: Mountain sickness?

Mountain sickness: Mountain sickness (Altitude sickness) is caused by exposure to low partial pressure of oxygen at high altitudes. Possible symptoms include headache. nausea/vomiting. dizziness,fatigue, decreased appetite. upset stomach & unsteadiness. ...Read more

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What medical symptoms might I get when I have mountain sickness?

Mountain sickness: Symptoms can range from mild to severe. Initially, there may be dizziness, lightheadedness, fatigue, nausea, loss of appetite, rapid pulse, and shortness of breath w/exertion. Later there can be chest tightness, blue skin discoloration (cyanosis), confusion, cough, coughing up blood, withdrawal from social interaction, and shortness of breath @ rest. Worst stage is coma and death. ...Read more

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How is mountain sickness self-diagnosed?

How is mountain sickness self-diagnosed?

Mountain sickness: Symptoms can range from mild to severe. Initially, there may be dizziness, lightheadedness, fatigue, nausea, loss of appetite, rapid pulse, and shortness of breath w/exertion. Later there can be chest tightness, blue skin discoloration (cyanosis), confusion, cough, coughing up blood, withdrawal from social interaction, and shortness of breath @ rest. Worst stage is coma and death. ...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