Mountain Sickness (cont.)
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Altitude Sickness Causes
Altitude sickness develops when the rate of ascent into higher altitudes outpaces the body's ability to adjust to those altitudes.
Altitude sickness generally develops at elevations higher than 8,000 feet (about 2,400 meters) above sea level and when the rate of ascent exceeds 1,000 feet (300 meters) per day.
The following actions can trigger altitude sickness:
One way to avoid altitude sickness is allowing the body to get used to the altitude slowly.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 11/10/2014
Eric A Nazziola, MD
John Lafleur, MD
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