Mountains and Snow make me the happiest🏔️❄️ Are you mountain person as well? 🥶
This is me at #khardungla
which is the highest motorable road in #India.
It is at elevation of 17,582 ft above the sea level which is pretty good high altitude. Low amount of oxygen at such high altitudes causes effects on human body known as *Altitude Mountain Sickness* or AMS.
So what causes AMS?🏂🏔️⛷️
When we inhale at sea level, the pressure oxygen exerts in our alveoli is greater than the pressure of blood in the lungs and this pressure gradient drives oxygen at the alveolar level, into the blood. As we ascent the pressure of oxygen entering the lungs decreases resulting in lesser oxygen entering the blood. Sea level ⛴️concentration of oxygen is about 21% with pressure of 760 mmHG. Once you cross 12000 feets the pressure drops below 483 mmHG and you get to breathe only 40% oxygen molecules compared to normal levels. Due to hypoxia a series of symptoms develop which manifests as AMS.🗻Headache is the most common one combined with any set of others like, lack of appetite🥴, nausea and vomiting🤮, weakness, light-headedness, inability to sleep😖, pins and needles pains😰, breathing difficulty on exertion, rapid pulse, drowsiness😵, general lack of interest 🤒etc. These symptoms decreases after 2-3 days when one becomes acclimatized to the altitude.🧗
Well, I definitely had no symptoms of #mountainsickness
but little increased breathing rate after jumping with joy seeing the #snowfall
first time ever. A fellow traveler gave me Kapur/ camphor wrapped in cloth to smell saying it will help in breathing. It did!! Not really sure how does that work?!?🧐🤔
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##camphor #altitude #symptoms #snow