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How can I treat mountain sickness?

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  • For mild mountain sickness, if symptoms don’t get better in 24 to 48 hours or if they get worse, get the person to a lower altitude and get medical care right away.
  • For severe symptoms, take the person down 1,500 to 2,000 feet immediately with as little exertion as possible. Keep going down until symptoms go away. Get medical help right away. Waiting could cause serious problems or death.
  • Even if symptoms are mild, the person should not go any higher until all symptoms are gone.

SOURCES:

FamilyDoctor.org: "High Altitude Illness: How to Avoid It and How to Treat It."

CDC: "Altitude Illness."

American Heart Association: "High Altitude Sickness."

American College of Emergency Physicians: "Getting High: AMS, HACE, and HAPE."

Schimelpfenig, T. , Stackpole Books, 1991. NOLS Wilderness First Aid

Weiss, E. , Adventure Medical Kits, 2005. A Comprehensive Guide to Wilderness Travel

International Society of Mountain Medicine: "An Altitude Tutorial."

Altitude/Mountain Sickness Information from eMedicineHealth .

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on January 29, 2018

SOURCES:

FamilyDoctor.org: "High Altitude Illness: How to Avoid It and How to Treat It."

CDC: "Altitude Illness."

American Heart Association: "High Altitude Sickness."

American College of Emergency Physicians: "Getting High: AMS, HACE, and HAPE."

Schimelpfenig, T. , Stackpole Books, 1991. NOLS Wilderness First Aid

Weiss, E. , Adventure Medical Kits, 2005. A Comprehensive Guide to Wilderness Travel

International Society of Mountain Medicine: "An Altitude Tutorial."

Altitude/Mountain Sickness Information from eMedicineHealth .

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on January 29, 2018

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