Why travel to high altitudes and later regret because you couldn’t combat altitude sickness? We would ask you to be informed about what altitude sickness is and what can be done to cope up with an altitude sickness aftermath.
Why it happens?
Pressure of the air around you decreases with increase in height. Since there is lesser oxygen in the air people generally find it difficult to adjust to changed weather conditions. You are likely to develop altitude sickness symptoms once you’ve mounted to 8,000 feet above sea level.
Ways to prevent Altitude Sickness
Remember that although symptoms from acute mountain sickness is the least life threatening but the symptoms of both, High-altitude cerebral edema and High-altitude pulmonary edema can be risky for your health.
So implement ways to cope and prevent Altitude sickness from worsening –
1. Recognize early symptoms
The sooner the better. Use this mantra and prevent yourself from potential risks. If it is minor headache then halt for some time and take a pain reliever. Once the headache subsides you can resume your journey. Do not ignore minor symptoms because they might be dangerous in an aggravated form much later.
2. Lots of fluids
One of major symptoms of high-altitude cerebral edema is that you’ll find difficult to walk in a straight line, unexplainable changes in personality and hallucinations. If you or your traveling companions report such symptoms, we advise that you immediately descend and seek medical help.
To recognise symptoms of high-altitude pulmonary edema is certainly quite difficult. You must, however, watch out for dry cough, shortness of breath even while resting, difficulty exercising and sudden and rapid increase in heart rate.
4. Ascend slowly
5. Past experiences
If you have reported altitude sickness during any of your past travel trips, the best way to deal with it in the next trip is to consult a doctor. They would be able to prescribe medicines depending upon your medical condition.
6. Do not panic
Symptoms of altitude sickness disappear in a few days time but do not be complacent. If the symptoms do not disappear consult a doctor.
Having read the tips above, we wish you a happy altitude sickness free travel to the mountains!
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