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Can you get altitude sickness from skydiving?

Altitude sickness is caused by the low oxygen levels in the air at high altitude. The reduced oxygen can stress the body, but is often resolved by descending. Altitude sickness usually manifests after 6-24 hours at high altitude (over 3000m). Therefo...

Altitude Sickness
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Why does water help with altitude sickness?

High altitudes can make dehydration more likely. Water evaporates more quickly from the skin and lungs at high altitude, so your fluid loss may be faster, but you may not notice how much fluid you lose through perspiration, as it dries so quickly. Dr...

Altitude Sickness
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How to avoid altitude sickness

At high altitudes, the air is thinner, which can cause altitude sickness as the body tries to adjust to decreased oxygen levels. Altitude sickness is also known as Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). There are several methods to avoid and treat ...

Altitude Sickness
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Which malaria medication do I need?

With so many antimalarials available, it can be hard to decide which is best. The CDC (centre for disease control) publish guidelines about which medications you need, for each destination. But to make things easier for you, we’ve used the...

Malaria Tablets
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What is the correct Loperamide dosage?

Loperamide can be used to prevent or treat diarrhoea by slowing down the bowel movements. However, there is an increased risk of side effects if you are taking the wrong dosage. That is why it is important to talk to your doctor or pharmacist before ...

Traveller’s Diarrhoea
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What is Loperamide used for?

It is important to understand that while Loperamide can treat many different diarrhoea symptoms, it does not treat the root cause. The root cause is usually an infection, and there are other medications to deal with that. Instead, Loperamide helps to...

Traveller’s Diarrhoea
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What are the best malaria tablets?

While you want to prevent malaria when travelling, different antimalarial medications are designed for different strains of malaria. So the recommended malaria tablets can vary from country to country. Here’s a general guide to help you decide ...

Malaria Tablets
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Traveller's diarrhoea

Traveller’s diarrhoea is the term used to describe diarrhoea experienced by people travelling to foreign countries. It is most common in young adults and can affect up to 60% of travellers. High-risk destinations include Africa, Asia, the ...

Traveller’s Diarrhoea