Any of several illnesses associated with higher-than-usual altitudes. Illnesses are of several types, including:
This illness is a complication that represents failure to recover from AMS over a long period of time.
These illnesses affect most body systems, especially the brain, heart, lungs, gastrointestinal tract, circulatory system and electrolytes.
Insufficient oxygen at high altitudes. Following are the altitudes at which each type of illness can occur:
Additional factors that contribute to development of altitude illness include:
Signs and symptoms
Recognize Altitude Illness
If you have recently ascended to 8000 feet or more, you may notice a headache as the first warning sign of altitude illness. Other symptoms may follow and include:
Oxygen - Lack of oxygen at altitude is the chief reason why people suffer from altitude sickness, so breathing supplemental oxygen is obviously going to make a difference. But oxygen is a hard commodity to come by in the mountains - cylinders of oxygen are not easily portable. When oxygen available in AMS settings, it should be used.
Your doctor may prescribe:
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