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How can I treat the symptoms of altitude or mountain sickness?

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  • Give oxygen, if available.
  • Keep the person warm and have them rest.
  • Give plenty of liquids.
  • Give acetaminophen or ibuprofen for headache.
  • Avoid alcohol and sleeping medications.

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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