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Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS)

Signs and Symptoms

The following are common symptoms of Acute Mountain Sickness:

  • Lack of appetite, nausea or vomiting
  • Fatigue or weakness
  • Dizziness or light-headedness
  • Insomnia
  • Pins and needles, tingling sensation
  • Short of breath on exertion
  • Persistent rapid pulse rate
  • Drowsiness
  • General malaise
  • Swelling of hands and feet

Treatment

What to do, what to avoid and the treatments available for altitude sickness at any stage. Here are some doctor recommended measures:

  • Oxygen will relieve the symptoms
  • Rest, eat healthy foods and drink plenty of fluids
  • Smoking and alcohol will make symptoms worse
  • IV fluids or hydration will help depending on severity
  • Descend to a lower altitude
  • Hospitalization may be required

 

 


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