Follow these simple safety tips and precautions to avoid succumbing to altitude sickness:
- Following a high carb diet for a few weeks prior to your trip may help cut the risk.
- Make sure that you are
- Salmeterol inhalers and certain drugs like Viagra could help to prevent fluid buildup in the lungs.
- Keep in mind that treatments that help with mild altitude sickness cannot be used for prevention as they may mask the early warning signs, denying timely intervention.
- If you do not have extensive experience at high altitudes, make sure to only climb with experienced guides.
- Avoid smoking and consuming alcohol.
- Avoid taking any kind of sleeping medications.
- Make sure that you stay hydrated.
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