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How come I have altitude illness, but nobody else in the family has it?

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Dr. Marybeth Lambe
Travel Medicine
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In brief: Non genetic causes:

More likely to occur if you are more active, dehydrated, or had less chance to acclimatize.
Sometimes younger people at higher risk because move around more ; more apt to have relative oxygen deficit--breathing more deeply with air hunger. Another group which struggles at first are those with sleep apnea which worsens at altitude, w/ sleeplessness, headache ; nausea. Those w/ anemia also > risk.

In brief: Non genetic causes:

More likely to occur if you are more active, dehydrated, or had less chance to acclimatize.
Sometimes younger people at higher risk because move around more ; more apt to have relative oxygen deficit--breathing more deeply with air hunger. Another group which struggles at first are those with sleep apnea which worsens at altitude, w/ sleeplessness, headache ; nausea. Those w/ anemia also > risk.
Dr. Marybeth Lambe
Dr. Marybeth Lambe
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Dr. DEEPMALA JADIGA
Internal Medicine

In brief: Not genetic

Altitude illness is not genetically determined.

In brief: Not genetic

Altitude illness is not genetically determined.
Dr. DEEPMALA JADIGA
Dr. DEEPMALA JADIGA
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