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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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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

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

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Preventing Altitude Sickness (Checklist)

Drink water regularly
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Rest at the new altitude to acclimate your body
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Talk to your doctor about medications to prevent altitude sickness
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Rocky mountain spotted fever only in the rocky mountains?

Misnomer: Most cases these days actually in east usa. 60% of cases are in north carolina, oklahoma, arkansas, tennessee, and missouri. Rmsf occurs in both north and south america and is on the rise. 3000 cases maximum a year. Carried by wood tick in the west, dog tick in the east. Rash helpful to diagnose but not always present. Diagnose early to avoid serious consequences. ...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

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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 on ginger ale or other carbonated beverages
at bedtime
Keep crackers and ginger ale next to your bed
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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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What causes sea sickness or car sickness?

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What causes sea sickness or car sickness?

Motion sickness: One theory is that it functions as defense mechanism against neurotoxins. The area postrema in the brain is responsible for inducing vomiting when poisons are detected, & for resolving conflict between vision & balance. When feeling motion but not seeing it, the inner ear transmits to the brain that it senses motion, but the eyes tell the brain that everything is still, hence brain responds by vo. ...Read more

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Rocky mountain fever?

Widespread: Throughout north and south america. Highest incidence right now in north carolina, oklahoma, arkansas, tennessee, and missouri. Half of people don't recall tick bite. In the usa about 3000 cases a year and slightly rising. Quite treatable when recognized. The problem? 1/3 of people do not have the characteristic rash. Peaks in june/july; fever, chills, headache, and muscle aches. ...Read more

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Prevention from altitude sickness?

Prevention from altitude sickness?

Diamox (acetazolamide): There is a prescription medication called Diamox (acetazolamide) that can help acclimatize you more quickly if you don't have time to gradually reach the altitude you are aiming for. ...Read more

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Motion sickness pills (dimenhydrinate)--safe for ship travel?

Motion sickness pills (dimenhydrinate)--safe for ship travel?

Yes: Dimenhydrinate is a histamine antagonist designed to counter some of the ill effects of motion in cars and boats to which some persons are prone. One of its major side effects is drowsiness. Before taking dimenhydrinate you should check with your doctor that it does not interact with any other medications you are already on. ...Read more

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Does rocky mountain spotted fever cause a coma?

Does rocky mountain spotted fever cause a coma?

Yes: Rocky mountain spotted fever is a bacterial infection that causes damage throughout the body, including the central nervous system (brain and nerves). If untreated, it can lead to symptoms of nerve damage, brain damage, and sometimes coma and death. ...Read more

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Altitude sickness chills fever, what to do?

Altitude sickness chills fever, what to do?

Not altitude illness: Altitude sickness does not cause fever unless possibly when one has gone on to serious high altitude pulmonary edema with severe shortness of breath ; vigorous, desperate cough frothy bloody sputum production. If you are having headache but with chills, fever, aches and pains, some other illness is at play--or perhaps in addition to altitude illness. Please get checked out. ...Read more

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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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Can movies cause motion sickness?

Can movies cause motion sickness?

Yes: Jerky frame movements, rapidly flashing lights, fast action (like car chases), and movements like roller coaster or falling sequences can cause motion sickness in some people, especially if the visual takes up more & more of your field of vision in which you lose your fixed frames of reference and so your brain is confused about position and gravity. ...Read more

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Does ginger prevent motion sickness?

Does ginger prevent motion sickness?

Yes : Research has proven ginger to be very effective for preventing motion sickness. See http://www.Nytimes.Com/2007/08/21/health/21real.Html and http://www.Drweil.Com/drw/u/art00390/motion-sickness.Html. ...Read more

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How does rocky mountain spotted fever spread?

How does rocky mountain spotted fever spread?

By a tick bite: Rocky mountain spotted fever (rmsf) is a rickettsia (type of bacteria) infection transmitted by a tick bite (feeding > several hrs). Symptoms start in 1 week (2-14d range). The germ attacks the cells lining the small blood vessels in the body, causing multi-organ damage and maybe death. Very rarely, rmsf can be transmitted by a blood transfusion or accidental exposure in an infectious disease lab. ...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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Will one die from rocky mountain spotted fever?

Will one die from rocky mountain spotted fever?

A few people do die: Rocky mountain spotted fever (rmsf) is a rickettsia (type of bacteria) infection transmitted by a tick bite. Symptoms start in 1 week (2-14day range). The germ attacks the cells lining the small blood vessels throughout the body, causing multi-organ damage and sometimes death. Death rate is uncertain, but may be about one out of 30 patients. Some patients do worse than others. ...Read more

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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, which can cause dizziness, headaches, ...Read more