What actually causes mountain sickness?

I don't really understand what causes mountain sickness. I thought it was due to low oxygen levels, but then I read somewhere it is due low carbon dioxide levels in the blood causing alkalosis.

What is it that actually happens to make people so sick at altitude?

Authored By Raiha Mastorn on Wednesday 10th October 2012

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komal zafar
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Posted almost 8 years ago

Mountain sickness may be of two types:

  • Acute
  • Chronic

Acute mountain sickness is observed when people ascend on higher altitudes
and can be a associated with acute cerebral or pulmonary edema.

This resu

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Dr Rachel Saunders
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Core / Specialist / Gp Trainee
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Posted almost 8 years ago

Acute mountain sickness (AMS) is a general term for a collection of symptoms, typically beginning above 2,500 meters. The symptoms of AMS include, headache, anorexia, dizziness, sleep disturbance, nausea and vomiting.

The symptoms typically evo

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DrParas Junejo
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Posted over 7 years ago

because of low oxygen level it cause hypoxia and rapid producti0n of RBCs in bone marrow

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