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High altitude effects, also known as altitude sickness, is a condition that can occur when a person ascends to a high altitude too quickly. Symptoms of altitude sickness can include headache, nausea, fatigue, dizziness, and difficulty breathing. The body is not able to adjust to the lower oxygen levels at high altitudes, which can cause these symptoms. In severe cases, altitude sickness can lead to fluid buildup in the lungs and brain, which can be life-threatening. To prevent altitude sickness, it is important to ascend to high altitudes gradually and to drink plenty of fluids.
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