The Mountain Altitude sickness - to know about the safety measures to avoid AMS and to understand the basic medical treatments once AMS hits you are most important things for you before trekking in Nepal. The Acute Mountain Sickness is an illness caused due to gain in elevation. Compared to sea level the amount of oxygen in higher altitude is less and the oxygen level goes thinner as trekkers continue to gain higher altitude. Here we have listed the details of AMS please have a look.
High Acute Mountain Sickness Symptoms
The symptoms of AMS are can be several. They vary from person to person. However, general symptoms of AMS are as follows. If you are seen with, any of these symptoms do not delay to identify the illness and go for the quick treatment ASAP.
- Difficulty sleeping
- Dizziness or light-headedness
- Loss of appetite
- Nausea or vomiting
- (heart rate) Rapid pulse
- with exertion Shortness of breath
Severe cases of AMS may lead you to HAPE (High Altitude Pulmonary Edema) or HACE (High Altitude Cerebral Edema). HAPE hits your respiratory system where as HACE hits your Nervous System.
Symptoms that may occur with more severe acute mountain sickness include:
- Blue color to the skin (cyanosis)
- Chest tightness or congestion
- Coughing up blood
- Withdrawal from social interaction
- Gray or pale complexion
- Cannot walk in a straight line, or walk at all
- Shortness of breath at rest.