Altitude Illness

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Definition

Alternative names for Altitude Illness are the ff: High altitude cerebral edema; High altitude pulmonary edema; Mountain sickness; acute mountain sickness. Altitude Illness is a sickness that can influence mountain climbers, hikers, skiers, or travelers who climb very fast; usually encountered when reaching high elevation in a very rapid manner.

Diagnosis

An upper body x-ray may possibly be performed. Stethoscope can be used to look for pulmonary edema indications by detecting sounds called scrunches in the lung.

Treatment

Climbing down to a lower altitude as rapidly and safely as possible is the chief form of medication for all forms of mountain sickness; better if there is available supplementary source of oxygen. Those people with harsh mountain sickness may be conceded to a hospital.

Symptoms and Signs

Some of the symptoms of this sickness are: Dizziness or light-headedness, difficulty in sleeping, rapid pulse, confusion, coughing up blood, inability to walk in a straight line, or to walk at all, loss of appetite, shortness of breath with exertion, and nausea or vomiting.

Causes

Altitude Illness happens from the blend of reduced air pressure and a lower concentration of oxygen at high altitude. Symptoms can be scope starting slight to life-threatening, and it also concerns the nervous system, lungs, muscles and heart.

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