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Just how bad is altitude sickness?

What I need to know is how people who visited peru has gotten altitude sickness, and where they went

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Altitude sickness (soroche) is caused by oxygen deprivation. At high altitude, the air is thinner and not enough oxygen goes to your lungs, brains etc... Typically a case of soroche may include headaches, nausea and diarrhea. Some rare cases might lead to brain edema and are seriously dangerous if the patient is not brought down to lower level right away. Most travellers do not get any soroche at all. Or experience some slight lightheadedness and shortness of breath for the first day or so. The best treatment consists of coca tea, rest, little food and no alcohol for the first day at high altitude. I would stay away from prescription (Diomax) and over the counter drugs (Soroje) that are mostly a diuretic mixed with cafeine and painkiller and have no real effect on soroche. BTW if you stay at altitude long enough (i.e. 6 weeks) your body starts producing enough red blood cells to compensate for the lack of oxygen.
Good luck.

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