Have you ever traveled somewhere 6,000 ft above sea level? Chances are, you or someone you were with experienced altitude sickness. The higher you get, the less oxygen there is in the air, leaving many people with headaches, dizziness, vomiting, lack of appetite, nausea and swelling of hands/feet. Referred to as altitude sickness, these conditions are called Acute Mountain Sickness.
You may experience these symptoms if you don’t take the proper time to gradually adjust to the altitude increase. Altitude sickness prevention is critical if you don't want your trip set back. As you climb to higher altitudes, it's important to stop and take breaks along the way, giving your body time to adjust to the different oxygen levels in the air.
If you start to experience any of the negative symptoms of Altitude Sickness, it’s recommended that you stop any activity (hiking, biking, skiing, rock climbing, etc.), and potentially descend to a lower altitude. Symptoms can last anywhere between 12 hours and 4 days, putting a real damper on vacation plans.
Not everyone will experience symptoms, but there are ways to avoid altitude sickness and help prepare your body before you venture 6,000 ft or more above sea level.
If you still end up experiencing symptoms of altitude sickness in the middle of your trip; remember to hydrate, take it slow and take 2-4 Zaca Recovery Chewables. However, the best medicine is altitude sickness prevention, so take precaution and utilize these tips for your next trip.
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Altitude Sickness: What to Know