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Which treatment works the best and fastest for altitude illness?

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Dr. Allen Seely
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In brief: GET LOWER

When mountain climbing the best treatment for altitude sickness is to get back to lower altitude.
Some expert climbers use Diamox (acetazolamide) for prevention and Furosemide (lasix) for pulmonary edema (lung swelling). Prevention is the key to prevent altitude sickness: stay hydrated, ascend slowly. Acclimate overnight. You must recognize the symptoms before getting into trouble. Picture= mt. Adams wa 12, 200'.

In brief: GET LOWER

When mountain climbing the best treatment for altitude sickness is to get back to lower altitude.
Some expert climbers use Diamox (acetazolamide) for prevention and Furosemide (lasix) for pulmonary edema (lung swelling). Prevention is the key to prevent altitude sickness: stay hydrated, ascend slowly. Acclimate overnight. You must recognize the symptoms before getting into trouble. Picture= mt. Adams wa 12, 200'.
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