Altitude sickness is a condition that involves traveling to higher terrains like hill stations and more. As we go higher in altitude from the sea level, the atmospheric pressure tends to decrease, and there is less oxygen in the air. The difference in pressure and reduced availability of oxygen make one sick. One may suffer mild headaches to severe breathlessness. If an individual's body is incapable of adapting to the changes in altitude, one may require medical assistance.
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How to recover from altitude sickness?
Query: Hello doctor,I have got really bad mountain (altitude) sickness before five days. They put me on oxygen and gave me a pill at the airport. I traveled back to sea level and seemed to be recovering. I traveled in a car the last couple of days, and I am now with very little medical support. I have weir... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. The picture does appear to that of HAPE (high altitude pulmonary edema). The presence of a headache, difficulty in breathing, chest heaviness, irritability and stomach pains are initial symptoms of altitude sickness. You have rightly been given oxygen and brough... Read Full »
Why am I having elevated levels of hemoglobin and RBC?
Query: Hi doctor,My blood test showed elevated levels of hemoglobin of 18.5 g/dL, elevated bilirubin of 3.7 mg/dL, and slightly elevated RBC of 6.1 million mcL. What is the cause? I do not have any symptoms. I went on a trip to the mountains for several days before doing this blood test. Does it relate to ... Read Full »
Dr. Goswami Parth Rajendragiri
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Your hemoglobin level and RBC (red blood cells) levels are raised slightly. PCV (packed cell volume) value is on borderline. All the other reports are normal except raised bilirubin. You can have secondary polycythemia due to the trip went to a high altitude. So, yes, m... Read Full »
For breathing problem in flight, how much O2 should I use?
Query: Hello doctor, I have had chronic asthma and allergies in my whole life. I am currently taking four puffs of Qvar three times a day, Accolate twice a day, Xopenex as needed and DuoNeb as needed (nebulizer). I am in control almost all the time. I also have a hyperactive immune system where I end up... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. We are here to help you. Yes, your doctor is right that you probably developed altitude sickness. There is no point in measuring oxygen levels as initially at this stage your oxygen levels may come out to be normal. But, your body's acclimatization may be under process ca... Read Full »