Symptoms, Prevention, & Treatment Of Altitude Sickness
February 06, 20172 min read
Symptoms Of Altitude Sickness
Altitude sickness or acute mountain sickness is caused by thinner air at altitude (which is typically above 7,500 feet). Symptoms are diverse, but unmistakable. They can range from very mild to life threatening. Mild symptoms include:
Many people liken altitude sickness to feeling ‘hung over’ from alcohol. This is why it’s always a good idea to take it easy on the booze when vacationing at high altitude! Alcohol will dehydrate you rapidly, and this is the last thing you want!
More severe altitude sickness symptoms require immediate medical treatment, and getting to a lower elevation as soon as possible. These include:
Shortness of breath
Elevated blood pressure
Prevention is the best medicine for altitude sickness. Resting, staying hydrated and going slower once you arrive are key.
Prevention And Treatment Of Altitude Sickness
You’re at greater risk for acute mountain sickness the higher you go, and the faster you ascend. Here are a few easy ways to prevent altitude sickness:
Stay overnight at an elevation that is half or three quarters of your final destination altitude to let your body adapt.
Avoid excessive caffeine and alcohol consumption. It will just make your elevation sickness worse by dehydrating you.
Stay hydrated with something other than water. We really like Electrolye Energy Formula and use it when we leave our home (5,200 feet) and go up to the mountains around 9,500-10,000 feet.
Rhodiola is an adaptogenic herb, meaning it will help your body utilize its energy more effectively. Rhodiola has been shown to improve performance at altitude.