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Altitude sickness can be defined as the sickness caused by ascent to high altitude resulting from shortage of oxygen .The one who climb on high altitude at a stretch, suffers from altitude sickness. If required amount of oxygen is not supplied to us then our lungs and brain get affected.

Symptoms of Altitude Sickness

  • Feels dizzy, tired and increases the rate of pulse.
  • Feeling of nausea, vomiting and headache.

First Aid to Altitude Sickness
  • If a person gets headache and feels dizzy he/she should take rest for a while. If the patient does not feel comfortable even after taking rest then he/she should be taken at least 500 m downward.
  • If possible oxygen should be given to the patient.
  • Hot drink should be given to the patient.
  • The patient should be encouraged.

  • Altitude sickness can be defined as the sickness caused by ascent to high altitude resulting from shortage of oxygen .
  • The one who climb on high altitude at a stretch, suffers from altitude sickness.
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Very Short Questions

Altitude sickness is the condition that results from unaccustomed exposure to a high altitude. It is also called mountain sickness. Generally, one feels altitude sickness when he/she goes above 3000 meters above the sea level. When the body does not get sufficient oxygen, that causes disorder in the body system especially, in the brain and lungs this is known as altitude sickness.
Symptoms of altitude sickness are:

  • Headache, nausea and vomiting.
  • Loss of appetite.
  • Short breathing, rapid heartbeat.
  • Fatigue and sleeplessness.
  • In severe care, blood flows from nose, eyes, ears etc.

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  • If the patient does not feel comfortable even after taking rest then he/she should be taken at least _______ downward.

    300 m 
    500 m 

    100 m
    200 m
  • The sickness caused by ascent to high altitude resulting from shortage of oxygen is called

    height phobia
    allergy
    altitude sickness
    sprain
  • What kind of drink should be given to a victim of altitude sickness?

    Mocktail
    Hot drinks
    Cocktail
    Cold drinks
  • Which gas should be given to the victim of altitude sickness?

    Oxygen
    Nitrogen
    Hydrogen
    Carbon dioxide
  • Which one of the following is not the symptoms of altitude sickness?

    Appearances of rashes
    vomitting
    Nausea
    Headache
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