Altitude Sickness

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Altitude Sickness

Altitude Sickness is an illness as an effect of high altitude resulting in a rapid change in air pressure and oxygen level. These are a group of symptoms that arise while walking at a high altitude without properly acclimatizing the body. The point to be noted is that AMS can occur to anyone, even those with great physical fitness as it depends upon several factors. The most prominent factors are how much elevation you are gaining in what period of time. The place where you live and the altitude there, previous records of Altitude Sickness can also determine if you will get AMS.


Symptoms of Altitude Sickness:
    • Dizziness
    • Fatigue
    • Headache
    • Insomnia
    • Nausea
    • Loss of Appetite
    • Shortness of Breath
    • Trouble in walking


How to prevent Acute Mountain Sickness or Altitude Sickness?


If taken in care, Altitude Sickness can be prevented. Follow the following preventive measures for AMS:

    • Walk slowly with adequate rest
    • Keep your body hydrated
    • Avoid alcoholic beverages and tobacco-related products
    • Do not gain more than 500 meters
    • Inform the guide immediately if you feel even the smallest symptoms
    • Acclimatize well at lower altitudes
    • Sleep at a lower altitude than you have been