Am I Dying?

Sometimes you’re screwed. And sometime it just feels that way. Learn which symptoms should scare you–and how to treat them–with this diagnostic chart. See larger version

Cramps and coughing? Rashy and short of breath? Follow this flow chart to diagnose yourself from 12 common backcountry illnesses and learn whether to evacuate immediately, or simply stop complaining. In this Aug. 2010 piece for BACKPACKER,  I interviewed experts and crunched Center for Disease Control data to find out which diseases and care about and how to tell them apart on the fly.


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