Altitude headache, also known as mountain sickness, is a collection of symptoms that are brought about by ascending or walking to high altitudes too rapidly.
Altitude headache can be felt by any individual who goes to heights without giving the body time to acclimate to the adjustments in air pressure and oxygen levels. High altitude is characterized as 8,000 – 12,000 feet above sea level. Very high altitude is 12,000 – 18,000 feet, and heights over 18,000 feet are viewed as extremely high altitude.
The faster a move to high height, the more probably that altitude headache will ensue. It may also occur when climbs are progressively hard, contrasted to a slow and simple climb.
Age, sex and general well-being don’t appear to have any effect in bringing about altitude sickness. In any case, individuals with lung or heart disease might be advised to keep away from high elevations. Individuals who live at lower elevations and are not used to higher heights and individuals who have had altitude sickness already appear to have a higher risk for altitude headache.