How to prevent Elevation Sickness

By: Beverly Chung

Chances are, you're experiencing altitude nausea. The hill patrol has been called, you are strapped into the rescue basket and the snow mobile whisks you right down to a lowered level and into the medic's office for water & oxygen.

Beginning at about 6,500 feet, oxygen becomes thinner and if you are not used to it, can find yourself in the beginning stages of altitude nausea. Your system needs time to acclimate to the paid down air and changes in air pressure. Lack of oxygen in your blood can cause:

- Nausea / vomiting
- Trembling
- Dizziness
- Headache
- Lack of appetite
- Not enough control
- Lethargy


Recent wisdom in preventative measures:

- Acclimate yourself before you reach your peak. At sea level your blood oxygen is 98%. At 10,000 feet it is paid off to 89%. With effort you can easily fall below the amount required to stay conscious. Therefore take it easy the initial day or two.

- Paid off atmospheric pressure at higher elevations may cause your water molecules to nearly leap out from the human anatomy through respiration and perspiration. Moisten yourself with at the very least 6-7 liters of water daily. Whether you're thirsty or not, you need it.

- It's always a good idea to stay good physical shape when you exert yourself on the hill with skiing or hiking. Not everyone experiences elevation illness, but sometimes a good healthier person can feel out of sorts.

- If you are flying right into a high level airport and will not have time to acclimate, ask your physician, before you go, in regards to the prescriptions Diamox or Acetazolamide. Both appear to be the industry standard for the prevention of altitude vomiting.

- Avoid sleeping, alcohol and cigarette pills


Even though you stay at a higher elevation, it's still no guarantee that you will avoid altitude sickness. Based on Better Health Channel, Healthy Living On the web, if you've had height disease before, you are prone to experience it again.

not too healthy and old, healthy and young, everyone is prone to altitude sickness. After living many years in the mile-high town of Prescott, Arizona, Kathi did not think she needed seriously to just take any precautionary changes before arriving at the ski resorts of Utah.

Little comfort is found by her in knowing she held the mountain patrol used when she not quite passed out on the slopes from altitude sickness today. I now draw your attention to the image of Kathi being dragged off the hill in a rescue basket. She calls it the phony basket because she did not heed the warnings. A long way will be gone by a little prevention on your part insuring a fun, healthy and memorable holiday.

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