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Do lots of people get altitude illness, or is it unusual?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology
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In brief: At high altitude

Only people climbing to a high altitude get high altitude illness, especially if they do it without proper acclimatization.

In brief: At high altitude

Only people climbing to a high altitude get high altitude illness, especially if they do it without proper acclimatization.
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
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Dr. Marybeth Lambe
Travel Medicine

In brief: Common

Almost 1/3 of people have symptoms above 3000 meters (9800 feet) some seem more sensitive at lower altitude.
As said, 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.

In brief: Common

Almost 1/3 of people have symptoms above 3000 meters (9800 feet) some seem more sensitive at lower altitude.
As said, 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.
Dr. Marybeth Lambe
Dr. Marybeth Lambe
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