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What are the different types of altitude sickness?

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There are three kinds of altitude sickness:

Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) is the mildest form and it’s very common. The symptoms can feel like a hangover – dizziness, headache, muscle aches, nausea.

High Altitude Pulmonary Edema (HAPE) is a buildup of fluid in the lungs that can be very dangerous and even life threatening.

High Altitude Cerebral Edema (HACE) is the most severe form of altitude sickness and happens when there’s fluid in the brain. It’s life threatening and you need to seek medical attention right away.

From: Altitude Sickness: What to Know WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Cleveland Clinic: “Altitude Sickness.”

Harvard Health Publications: “Altitude Sickness.”

Altitude.org: “Altitude Sickness.”

AAFP: “Altitude Illness: Risk Factors, Prevention, Presentation, and Treatment.”

BMJ: “Altitude illness.”

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on December 23, 2018

SOURCES:

Cleveland Clinic: “Altitude Sickness.”

Harvard Health Publications: “Altitude Sickness.”

Altitude.org: “Altitude Sickness.”

AAFP: “Altitude Illness: Risk Factors, Prevention, Presentation, and Treatment.”

BMJ: “Altitude illness.”

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on December 23, 2018

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