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The Effects of Altitude
At elevations of 7,000 feet or more above sea level, decreased oxygen and humidity levels in the air can cause a variety of symptoms among those who are not acclimated.
Altitude sickness occurs when the body can't get enough oxygen from the air. This often happens when people travel quickly from sea level to high altitudes.
Symptoms of Altitude Sickness
Other symptoms may include persistent rapid pulse, drowsiness, and swelling of the hands and feet. Symptoms usually disappear within tow to four days as the body acclimates. Extreme altitude sickness may result in life-threatening conditions caused by fluid accumulation in the lungs (pulmonary edema) or swelling of the brain (cerebral edema). If you experience severe symptoms or are feeling seriously ill, go to lower altitude immediately and seek medical attention.
Reducing the Severity of Symptoms
Elevation of Common Destinations in the Area
If you need to seek medical attention for altitude sickness:
Mercy Urgent Care at Durango Mountain Resort
Open 9 a.m.-5 p.m., every day
10 Purgatory Blvd., Durango, CO 81301
(970) 259-4553Get Directions
Mercy Regional Medical Center's Emergency Care
Open 24 hours, every day
1010 Three Springs Blvd., Durango, CO 81301
(970) 764-2100Get Directions
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