10 Symptoms of Altitude Sickness

By james
Reviewed: Dr. Gromatzky
Nov 2, 2018
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Mountain climbing is a challenge that many people relish, with some attempting to scale the world’s tallest mountains. It is a challenge that requires a lot of hard work, though, so only the healthiest and fittest should consider giving it a try. In addition to the physical exertion, there is also the possibility of serious injury, and the environmental conditions can be extreme.

For example, the air is less dense at high altitudes, which means that there is less oxygen. Also, our bodies create an appropriate amount of red blood cells for the altitude we are normally at. If time is not taken to acclimate the body will not be able to create and sustain enough red blood cells for adequate oxygen transfer around the body. This can lead to altitude sickness. The condition has various symptoms and is generally caused by ascending too quickly without giving the body time to adjust to the changing environmental conditions.

Symptom #1: Headaches

Headaches can occur for a number of reasons,, so it can be difficult to diagnose the specific cause. Climbers who are beginning to feel the effects of altitude sickness often get headaches.

Having a headache while climbing at a high altitude is not a good thing. Because of the risks involved, it is best to be cautious and slow one’s ascent or to consider stopping altogether if a headache develops.

Altitude Sickness

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