Thursday, November 1, 2007

About Acute Mountain Sickness

Young people aged between 20 to 35 years of age are more likely to suffer from AMS(Acute Mountain Sickness), better known as altitude sickness. AMS is caused by exposure to low air pressure. they usually occurs following a rapid ascent to high hills or mountains. It can be prevented by ascending slowly. Youngsters want to run and show their grit and determination so they are more susceptible to altitude sickness.

At over 3,000 meters almost 75% of the people have mild symptoms depending on the elevation rate, rate of ascent and individual susceptibility. Some of the symptoms of Acute Mountain Sickness are headache, nausea, dizziness, fatigue, loss of appetite, disturbed sleep, shortness of breath and feeling of malaise. To prevent this taking rest for a day after ascending 900-1000 meters and spending some nights between 2,000-3,000 meters before climbing higher places.

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