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Altitude Sickness - Health Tips

Last Updated on Jun 18, 2021
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The most effective method of prevention is a slow and gradual ascent. Mountaineers are always advised to advance no more than 1000 feet a day after having crossed 8,000 feet. After crossing 8,000 feet climbers should be given an extra day of rest for acclimatization after climbing every successive 1,500 to 3,000 feet.

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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 equipped with all the necessary first aid medications and other items.
  • 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.

References:

  1. "Altitude Sickness." NHS. Web. 6 May 2015
  2. Better Health Channel - (http://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/bhcv2/bhcarticles.nsf/pages/Altitude_sickness?open)
  3. Imray C, Wright A, Subudhi A, Roach R. Acute mountain sickness: pathophysiology, prevention, and treatment. Prog Cardiovasc Dis. 2010 May-Jun;52(6):467-84. doi: 10.1016/j.pcad.2010.02.003. Review. PubMed PMID: 20417340.
  4. Coote JH. Medicine and mechanisms in altitude sickness. Recommendations. Sports Med. 1995 Sep;20(3):148-59. Review. PubMed PMID: 8570999.

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