Recognizing & Combating Altitude Sickness
One thing that is common to come up against in Colorado is altitude sickness. A lot of visitors—and even people who have been here a long time—can get sick due to the altitude change, so it’s important to recognize the signs and learn to combat altitude sickness when you’re being really active. We don’t want altitude sickness to slow you down!
Symptoms of Altitude Sickness
Sometimes called “mountain sickness,” altitude sickness happened when the pressure of the air drops and there is less oxygen. Any time you go rapidly to drastic altitudes of 8,000 or feet above sea level, you risk a chance of altitude sickness. However, some people with poorer health may even find themselves struggling at lower altitudes.
As visitors come to Colorado, they will definitely feel that pressure drop. And while you do adjust to a higher altitude the longer you live in a place, even if you’re a citizen of Colorado, you risk getting sick when you start venturing into higher altitudes through climbing, hiking, or tackling those 14ers.
So how do you know if altitude is the culprit if you’re getting sick on a mountain?
· Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS)is pretty mild, and it involves a hangover-like sensation of dizziness, head and muscles aches, and nausea.
· High Altitude Pulmonary Edema (HAPE),which can be very dangerous, causes fluid to build up in your lungs.
· High Altitude Cerebral Edema (HACE)is the worst form of altitude sickness, and it happens when fluid builds up in the brain.
· Symptoms of the last two altitude sicknesses can run anywhere from vomiting, extreme fatigue, shortness of breath, loss of appetite, insomnia, cerebral edema, respiratory failure, coma, or death.
So please don’t take symptoms lightly if you get mysteriously sick while traveling to higher altitudes. Take care of yourself!
Combating Altitude Sickness
The good news is that you can be proactive when traveling to higher altitudes so that you can combat altitude sickness! If you’re visiting higher altitudes, take the time to adjust for a few daysbefore doing too extreme. Drink a lot of water, and eat healthily. But if you develop altitude sickness, go to a lower altitude as soon as possibleand seek help.
If you’re getting sick, one thing you can do to quickly combat altitude sickness is take our Incline Hydration package. It comes with B-Complex vitamins, B-12 vitamins, and amino acids. B vitamins help the body deal with stress, and they also help you metabolize carbs more easily—allowing for you body to produce the energy you need to recover. Amino acids help to oxygenate the muscles more effectively, which don't fatigue nearly as quickly—so taking this infusion before you even go on your adventure can help you be a little less prone to altitude sickness.
The Incline Hydration package also comes with a can of Boost Oxygenthat is completely portable and can be taken almost anywhere. So if someone does feel a little winded or fatigued, they can take a few hits of oxygen to re-energize the system.
A good thing to do is also combat altitude sickness before you even get into the higher mountains by taking this vitamin infusion! That way you’re ready and prepared for any adventure.
If you have any questions, always reach out to us at Elevation Hydration!