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Altitude sickness, the mildest form being acute mountain sickness (AMS), is the negative health effect of high attitude, caused by rapid exposure to low amounts of oxygen at high elevation. Symptoms may include headache, vomiting, tiredness, trouble sleeping, and dizziness.

Acute mountain sickness can progress to high altitude pulmonary edema (HAPE) with associated shortness of breath or high altitude cerebral edema (HACE) with associated confusion. Chronic mountain sickness may occur after long term exposure to high altitude.

Altitude sickness typically occurs only above 2,500 meters (8,000 ft.), though some are affected at lower altitudes.

Symptoms of altitude sickness.

Symptoms of altitude sickness usually develop between 6 and 24 hours after reaching altitudes more than 2,500m above sea level.

The symptoms are usually worse at night.

Altitude sickness does not only affect mountain climbers. Tourists travelling to cities that are 2,500m above sea level or higher, such as La Paz in Bolivia or Bogotá in Colombia, can also get altitude sickness.

It's not possible to get altitude sickness in the UK because the highest mountain, Ben Nevis in Scotland, is only 1,345m.

Preventing altitude sickness.

The best way to prevent getting altitude sickness is to travel to altitudes above 2,500m slowly.

It usually takes a few days for your body to get used to a change in altitude.

You should also:

Recommended Medications.

Treating altitude sickness

If you think you have altitude sickness:


High altitude cerebral edema (HACE) is swelling of the brain caused by a lack of oxygen.

Symptoms of HACE include:

A person with HACE will often not realize they're ill. They may insist they're OK and want to be left alone.

HACE can develop quickly over a few hours. It can be fatal if it's not treated immediately.

Treating HACE:


High altitude pulmonary edema (HAPE) is a build-up of fluid in the lungs.

Symptoms of HAPE:

The symptoms of HAPE can start to appear a few days after arrival at high altitude. It can be fatal if it's not treated immediately.

Treating HAPE:


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