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Recognizing & Combating Altitude Sickness

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Recognizing & Combating Altitude Sickness

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? 

Symptoms include: 
·     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! 

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Get to Know the Ins and Outs of Altitude Sickness

If you’re new to Colorado, then you might have already experienced altitude sickness. WebMD explains that altitude sickness occurs when you can’t get sufficient oxygen from the air at high altitude. As a result, you may deal with symptoms such as loss of appetite, headaches, and trouble sleeping. This blog post will not only define altitude sickness but also detail some treatments available at Elevation Hydration.

Identifying Altitude Sickness

Folks who aren’t used to high altitudes and go quickly from a lower altitude to higher ones are most susceptible to sickness. Keep in mind that fitness level does not play a role in whether a person gets altitude sickness. What exactly does it feel like? For some, altitude sickness is comparable to having a hangover. Serious cases of altitude sickness can lead to confusion, not being able to walk straight, feeling faint, and having blue or gray lips/fingernails. Make it a point to be aware of your breathing in high altitude, as you may hear a sound like a paper bag being crumpled. Should you be experiencing this symptom, seek medical attention immediately.

Diagnosing Altitude Sickness

A lot of people mistake altitude sickness for the flu, a hangover, or dehydration. If you choose to see your doctor regarding symptoms, he or she will perform an examination to rule out other conditions. They will also ask if you’ve been drinking fluids, and if so, what kinds. Don’t be surprised if they also ask about current medications and whether or not you have a cold.

Treating Altitude Sickness

Ideally, your best bet is to go to a lower altitude. With that in mind, your body may just need some time to get used to the change. So take a little while to rest, especially at the beginning of your time in Colorado. Drink plenty of water and don’t overdo it with physical activity. Altitude sickness is not the same for everyone, but symptoms usually last anywhere from 12 hours to several days. Medical professionals recommend taking over-the-counter medicine to combat the effects of headaches that come with altitude sickness.

IV Therapy Hydration for Altitude Sickness

There are times when you just can’t avoid altitude sickness. In that case, you need a surefire treatment for altitude sickness. That’s exactly what you get with Elevation Hydration. At our IV vitamin therapy clinic in Colorado Springs, we use IV fluids to get you back to peak performance. One of our IV oxygen therapy options is The Incline. This solution is designed for those who need some quick and efficient recovery from the altitude. Our IV hydration therapy expert incorporates a mix of B-Complex vitamins (including B-12), as well as amino acids to help oxygenate muscles to fight fatigue. We even go the extra mile and include a can of Boost Oxygen so that you’ll have no trouble conquering the altitude!

Elevation Hydration was founded with the intent to get Coloradans back in the game. Whether you’re an Olympian training in the Springs and could benefit from athletic recovery or just had too much to drink last night and need an effective hangover treatment, we have the hydration package that best suits you. From migraine treatment and jet lag treatment, to everything in between, we’ve got premium IV hydration packages to elevate your life.

There are no co-pays or lengthy wait times to worry about. Hit the reset button and get 100 percent of the vitamins your body craves. Did we mention that hydration sessions last only about 45 minutes?

Don’t let altitude sickness get you down any longer! Call Elevation Hydration to book your appointment.

Welcome to Our Blog!

Whether you’re a current patient or just came across our website for the first time, we want to welcome you to Elevation Hydration! We are proud to be the only hydration therapy clinic in Colorado Springs and the southern front range. What exactly is a hydration therapy clinic, you may ask? We will answer that, explain more about who we are, and get into some of the hydration packages that we offer.

 

Get to Know Us

We don’t give our bodies enough credit. On a daily basis, we expect them to fight off disease and protect against toxins. Meanwhile, we’re juggling hectic work schedules, social calendars, and family life. The reality is that these deadlines can lead to a combination of poor nutritional choices and little exercise. However, our bodies continue to power through as much as possible. Over time, our bad habits turn into lifestyles. It’s not surprising that 50 percent of people taking multivitamins are still nutritionally deficient. Why? In our fast food-driven society, we fail to consume the necessary foods that enable us to perform at optimum capacity. Down the road, these micronutrient deficiencies can result in poor memory, loss of sleep, fatigue, decreased immune function, and other setbacks.

 We founded our IV therapy facility because we have a passion getting Coloradans back to their active lifestyle. Our team doesn’t believe in simply masking health issues with short-term solutions such as potentially dangerous over-the-counter medications. Instead, we make it a point to boost our immune functions naturally to let the body do what it does best and that’s heal and stay healthy.  

IV Hydration Therapy

Keep in mind that this is one of the safest, quickest, and most effective ways to deliver vital nutrients to our bodies. The IV vitamin therapy options that we provide make the perfect treatment for altitude sickness, migraine treatment, hangover treatment, or jet lag treatment. It’s no secret that Colorado Springs is a hotbed for elite athletes and Olympians in particular. That’s why we carry several hydration treatment packages for athletic recovery.

You can feel comfortable knowing that Elevation Hydration uses only the purest forms of essential vitamins and nutrients for all of our packages. With IV oxygen therapy, the nutrients bypass the stomach and are not affected by intestinal absorption, making them available for immediate use. What does this mean for you? You’re getting 100 percent of the vitamins your body craves and nothing else! By staying properly hydrated, the body instinctively remains healthy, repairs, rebuilds, and fends off invading organisms.

How It Works

Ready to get started? You’ll first come to our office and fill out a brief medical questionnaire. We then sit down with you to understand your needs and select the most appropriate hydration package. Sessions typically last no longer than 45 minutes and there’s no downtime involved once you’re done! Best of all, you don’t have to concern yourself with co-pays or long waits. When you come to us, our mission instantly becomes getting you back to your active lifestyle as quickly as possible.

Hydration Packages

There shouldn’t be a one-size-fits-all approach in terms of IV fluids. We understand that each of our customer’s needs are different, which is why we carry a variety of hydration packages. At Elevation Hydration, you can take your pick from the following:

  • Hydration for athletes - Weekend Warrior or The Olympus

  • Recovery - The Hang(over), Elevate, The Incline

  • Immune Tune - Immune Tune, Myers’ Cocktail

  • Injectables - Tri-Amino, B-12, L-Carnitine, BCAA’s, Glutathione

 We also offer several add-ons, such as zinc, Vitamin D3, and additional hydration.

 If you believe it’s time for a boost, call us today to book your appointment.