How to Prevent and Treat Altitude Sickness

                So, you’re planning a bike hike. You’re going to conquer the unconquerable mountain. Just make sure you take altitude into account. For example, 30 pounds at sea level is not the same as 30 pounds at 10,000 feet. It’ll feel heavier the higher up you go. Not to mention that many people suffer from altitude sickness because of poor preparation. Altitude sickness is an illness caused by your body’s struggle to adjust to the lower oxygen levels at higher altitudes. Some symptoms of altitude sickness include headaches, nausea, vomiting, shortness of breath, and loss of appetite, along with many others.

How to Handle High Altitudes

                We’ve all heard the age-old saying, prevention is the best cure. Well the best way to prevent altitude sickness is to acclimate to your environment. Get to the mountain a day early and give your body time to get used to its new challenges. On the mountain, it is imperative that you remain hydrated and well-nourished. Even if you don’t feel hungry or thirsty, that’s just the altitude talking. So, take a break every once in a while and don’t push yourself too hard, especially if you are alone. You could also take certain medication such as Ibuprofen and Aspirin to prevent and alleviate the symptoms of altitude sickness. As a final word of advice, take things slow to give your body time to acclimate while hiking. Even if you can ascend one thousand or two thousand meters up in one day, climb back down so that you never sleep higher than 500 meters up from your previous spot. Also, spent at least two nights at every thousand meter mark while ascending. Finally, if you’re experiencing any symptoms of altitude sickness, no matter how mild, do not ascend.

How to Treat Altitude Sickness

                Altitude sickness does not have an immediate cure. Luckily, if you remain hydrated and well-rested, and take the medication talked about previously, altitude sickness can go away on its own. If several days pass and your symptoms stay the same or worsen seek medical help immediately.

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