Altitude sickness can be overwhelming, especially when you’re on vacation and stuck inside because of the debilitating symptoms. Altitude sickness is also referred to as Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) and affects about 50 to 75 percent of people who ascend to 8,000 feet or 2,500 meters. This altitude is common for most ski resorts and symptoms of altitude sickness present seven to ten hours after ascension. There are some measures you can take before your arrival and while you’re at a higher altitude to make your vacation more enjoyable. At Vida-Flo Breckenridge, we’re in close proximity to a several ski resorts so if you need relief from your altitude sickness, stop in and we’ll be happy to help you feel better and more rejuvenated.
Symptoms of Altitude Sickness
Symptoms of altitude sickness typically include nausea, loss of appetite, acute fatigue, headaches, swelling of hands and feet, dizziness, insomnia, dehydration, and shortness of breath. Because these symptoms are so similar to flu, altitude sickness often is mistaken for flu by sufferers who have never experienced altitude sickness before. While these symptoms usually fade in three to five days for most people, sometimes they can be exacerbated by preexisting conditions or illnesses. Sometimes life threatening conditions can occur, but these aren’t common.
Hydration is Extremely Important
The absolute best remedy for high altitude sickness is hydration. Because the air is thinner at higher altitudes, your body produces more red blood cells to carry the oxygen needed for your body to continue working at its optimal level. Without proper hydration, these functions slow and create stress on your system, making you feel ill and exhausted. Water, sports drinks with electrolytes, and coconut water are all excellent choices to help rehydrate your body. You should make sure you’re consuming three to five liters of water per day to make sure you’re properly hydrated. Alcohol consumption should be especially avoided because it will halt your acclimatization and make you feel worse. At Vida-Flo Breckenridge, we have wonderful altitude sickness remedies to help you feel better and get back to your activities. Our IV treatments are specifically tailored for dehydration, and we can aid in helping you to recover quickly and effectively.
Remedies for Altitude Sickness
Other than hydration, taking it easy is the second most important action you should take when acclimating to a higher altitude. Light activity is better than sleeping, but don’t do anything to exert yourself. Eating high calorie foods with carbs, such as pasta, pizza, or bagels, is also helpful. Taking ibuprofen every six hours or so is another a good way to manage pain, such as headache or joint pain. If you’re feeling short of breath, oxygen treatment is an alternate approach to alleviate symptoms. Luckily at Vida-Flo Breckenridge, every IV treatment comes with complementary oxygen, so you can leave breathing easier along with being rehydrated quickly.
Prevention of Altitude Sickness
Preventing altitude sickness is the best way to enjoy your vacation and avoid spending the first few days feeling miserable . If you’re able, try spending the night in a lower altitude before arriving at your final destination. This can lower your chances of developing altitude sickness by 30-40 percent. If this isn’t an option for you, plan calmer activities for the first 24-48 hours with adequate sleep after arrival. Avoiding major temperature fluctuations by wearing layers and proper cold protection is extremely vital as well. If you just aren’t able to find relief from your symptoms, descending for 24-48 hours can help your body to recover enough to be able to ascend safely again.
Altitude sickness can be a major bummer during your vacation, but at Vida-Flo Breckenridge, we can help you get back to your plans in no time. With a wide assortment of treatments to revitalize and refresh your system, you can be sure that you’ll leave our office feeling ready to take on the day. Altitude sickness doesn’t have to get you down. Come see us today!