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Can you get altitude sickness on a plane?

Altitude sickness is caused by the low oxygen levels in the air at high altitude. Altitude sickness usually manifests after 6-24 hours at high altitude (over 3000m). Therefore, in a plane you are usually not at high altitude long enough to suffer fro...

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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...

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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...

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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 ...

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Altitude sickness: symptoms, causes and treatment

Have you ever felt weak or suffered from a headache during an aeroplane fight? Maybe you felt sick to your stomach and lost your appetite when you climbed to a higher altitude. If you've experienced something along these lines, then you may have ...

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What is altitude sickness?

Altitude or high altitude sickness occurs when someone climbs a mountain quickly and moves into an area of higher pressure. The drop in atmospheric pressure prevents you from taking in adequate oxygen and leads to a difficultly in breathing. Mos...