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Created with Fabric.js 1.4.5 What is Altitude Sickness? What Causes Altitude Sickness? Altitude sickness is an illness that ranges from a mild headache and tiredness to alife-threatening build-up of fluid in the lungs or brain at high altitudes Symptoms of Altitude Sickness Altitude sickness is caused by low levels of oxygen at very high altitudes. Less oxygen in the blood stream means less oxygen getting into your cells, causing people who ascend too rapidly to develop altitude sickness - shortness of breath- headache, nausea- lethargy - loss of appetite- difficulty sleeping- rapid heart beat- light-headedness- pins and needles Not paying attention to your body and the symptoms of altitude sickness can lead to more serious health affects How to Acclimatize - If possible, start at a lower altitude and work your way up slowly - Plan a couple of rest days allowing your body time to adapt to the higher altitudes- Above 3000 meters, don't increase your sleeping elevation more than 300 meters for each night Treatment of Altitude Sickness - Descend to a lower elevation until symptoms abate- Rest, limit activity & drink plenty of fluids - Increase your oxygen intake with bottled oxygen- Take Acetazolamide or Ibuprofen to reduce symptoms How To Deal With Altitude Sickness Prevention of Altitude Sickness - Plan your assent- Dont overexert yourself- Listen to your body- Stay properly hydrated- Avoid alcohol and cigarettes- Eat small amounts regularly- Protect yourself from the sun No matter your age, sex, level of fitness, or previous experience at high elevations, altitude sickness can strike anyone at any time Altitude sickness does not discriminate and can be life-threatening if not treated properly Over 50% of people will become ill if they ascendtoo quickly from sea level to 3500 meters without proper acclimatisation www.bolivianlife.com
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