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About Altitude Sickness

What is Altitude Sickness? How to Deal with?

Altitude sickness, also known as “mountain sickness” is a symptom that can attack while you are hiking or climbing to the higher elevation. Specially this can be happening after 3000m/9840ft. if you walk too quickly. 
 
There are three types of Altitude sickness
1) AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness: Very common one. Symptoms: dizziness, headache, muscle aches, nausea, vomiting. 
 
2) HAPE (High Altitude Pulmonary Edema: Can happen when it buildup a fluid in lungs. This is very dangerous and even life threating. 
 
3) HACE (High Altitude Cerebral Edema: this is the most severe form of altitude sickness and it can happen when fluids take a place in the brain. This is life threating, as soon need to seek medical attention. 
 
What should you do
  • Hike (Ascend) slowly. 
  • Take a rest and take a deep breath. 
  • Drink plenty of water and fluids, stay hydrated.  
  • Walk on high and sleep at a low altitude. 
  • Descend (at low elevation). 
  • Take a Diamox or Tylenol.