Prepare For High Altitude Sickness

Prepare For High Altitude Sickness

Preparing for Safe Travel to High Altitude

Millions of people travel to high-altitude every year for recreation and for work. About 20 percent of People visit at these High areas must face some of the high altitudes issues. While most cases are mild and will get treated by self but some cases leads to life threatening. Before making a plan to visit these High Altitudes Places, one has to gain all possible information about issues he may be has to face there.

Problems Related To High Altitudes Areas

High Altitude Illnesses (HAI) includes Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS), High-Altitude Pulmonary Edema (HAPE), and High-Altitude Cerebral Edema (HACE). The symptoms of AMS are typically felt by most people when they arrive at a new altitude, but the symptoms are usually self-limiting (e.g. 1st 3-5 days at high altitude). The exact mechanisms of AMS remain unclear; however symptoms tend to be the most prevalent 1-2 days after arrival at elevation.

The most common symptoms include a headache, gastrointestinal upset, feelings of fatigue, dizziness, and sleep disruption. The more life threatening condition of HAPE includes symptoms of shortness of breath at rest, persistent coughing, exercise intolerance, and possibly the production of pink frothy sputum. HACE is defined as the presence of AMS symptoms with difficulty walking (ataxia), mental status changes, or severe lethargy. If you notice any of these symptoms in yourself or a member of your group, it is critical to stop and evaluate your situation. Descent is usually the first priority when altitude illness occurs.

Precautions To Be Taken While Travelling High Altitudes Areas

Organised: Before going to any Trip, an individual has to make a schedule related to complete trip as much time he has to spent at one place, how much he has to sleep, etc. Another important thing an individual has to see that he can add one or two days extra, so that body can able to get adjusted to a new environment.

Become Fit: Another important thing is to see before going at these high altitudes is your Fitness. If you are Physically Fit then you are able to enjoy your trip in these areas very much. So before going you must maintain your body for some time so that it can be able to adjust new environment easily.

Medical Examination: Before going to these areas, a proper medical examination is must. As if these are some minimal issues with your health, doctor can fix that so that they cannot create any problems during travelling.

Get Hydrated: Dehydration decreases the body’s ability to acclimatize to high altitude. Unfortunately many travellers arrive at their destination dehydrated after long plane-flights, bus trips, or automobile journeys. Excessive caffeine and alcohol ingestion are common during travel and produce a general state of low blood volume. Even before your trip begins, drinking 2-3 litres of water per day can prepare your body for arrival at higher elevations. Keep a 1 litre water bottle with you when traveling and drink as regularly as is feasible, given your mode of transportation. Reducing caffeine and alcohol consumption before your trip will also decrease your chances of arriving at altitude in a dehydrated state.