Altitude Sickness or Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) is a pathological effect of high altitude on humans caused by exposure to low amounts of oxygen at high altitude.  It presents as a collection of non-specific symptoms, resembling a hangover or the flu. “Without the sore throat or cough”.  It is almost impossible to determine who will be affected, although the elderly, asthma sufferers, smokers, and other individuals with respiratory disorders, such as COPD, Emphysema, etc. are at higher risk.  Anyone of any age, regardless of physical condition, can be affected by altitude sickness, especially those visiting from sea level.  Ascending quickly and physical activity at altitude make you more likely to be affected.

Almost half of all vacationers that visit high altitude are at risk for Altitude Sickness

What causes Altitude Sickness?

Two things are certain to make altitude sickness very likely – ascending faster than 500m per day, and exercising vigorously. Physically fit individuals are not protected – even Olympic athletes get altitude sickness. Altitude sickness happens because there is less oxygen in the air that you breathe at high altitudes. Oxygen Concentrators provide a safe supply of oxygen to users that help eliminate or avoid AMS symptoms.

There is so much less oxygen in the high mountains that it is not surprising that travelling to high altitudes causes people to feel unwell, but how this shortage of oxygen actually leads to altitude sickness is still not fully understood. Some scientists believe that it is due to swelling of the brain but the evidence for this hypothesis is not conclusive. The theory is that in susceptible individuals, swelling could cause a small increase in the pressure inside the skull and lead to symptoms of acute mountain sickness. The swelling may be due to increased blood flow to the brain or leakiness of blood vessels in the brain.

OXYGEN (supplied by our oxygen concentrators) HAS BEEN USED TO RELIEVE SYMPTOMS OF ALTITUDE SICKNESS!

 

Links:  www.altitude.org   WebMD:  https://www.webmd.com/first-aid/mountain-sickness-treatment

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