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When discussing problems associated with climbing Mt Everest or any extreme mountain there are three true sicknesses They are Acute Mountain Sickness AMS High Altitude Cerebral Edema HACE and High Altitude Pulmonary Edema HAPE These three sicknesses are all associated with high altitude and the lack of oxygen in places like Mt Everest Any one of these can be deadly if ignored or untreated Acute Mountain Sickness is the first and least deadly of these three diseases AMS can occur even at a relatively low altitude where a climber feels physically and mentally fine The climber could push too high early in a climb before their body has time to acclimate and may develop symptoms such as headache nausea or vomiting fatigue or weakness dizziness or lightheadedness and difficulty sleeping Cures for AMS are simply to rest and decline in altitude if necessary High Altitude Cerebral Edema is often considered as an advancement of or end stage of AMS HACE is much more dangerous because it effects the mental state of a climber Some one who has HACE exhibits a change in mental state and ataxia which lead too more pronounced symptoms of AMS In order to cure a person of this the patient must stay well hydrated and decrease their altitude The patient must also try to get as much rest as possible The third and most serious altitude sickness is High Altitude Pulmonary Edema HAPE This is also caused by an increase in altitude without allowing the body to acclimate HAPE symptoms include dyspnea at rest weakness or decreased exercise performance congestion and wheezing in at least one lung field If a climber with these symptoms is not immediately taken down in altitude there is a very high risk of death Any irregularity in health while on a trip like the on we have read about can consequently be fatal but with patience and knowledge of what you are doing these
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