What is altitude sickness?



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    Altitude sickness occurs when you cannot get enough oxygen into your lungs and blood at higher altitudes.  Due to the reduced oxygen in the air and lower pressure it becomes more difficult to obtain enough oxygen when exercising.  It is important to allow your body to adjust to the different oxygen levels and pressure at altitudes above about 8,000 feet, get plenty of water and maintain proper nutrition.

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    Altitude sickness is a pathological effect of high altitude on humans caused by acute exposure to low patrial pressure of oxygen at high altitudes. It commonly occurs above 8,000 feet and the symptoms resemble those of the flu, carbon monoxide poisoning or a hangover. 

    Primary symptoms include:

    • Lack of appetite, nausea, or vomiting
    • Fatigue or weakness
    • Dizziness 
    • Insomnia
    • Shortness of breath upon exertion
    • Nosebleed
    • Persistent rapid pulse
    • Drowsiness
    • General malaise
    • Peripheral edema (swelling of hands, feet, and face).
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