Altitude sickness is an uncomfortable and disrupting condition that affects some individuals when they travel to high-altitude destinations. As you climb to a higher altitude, the amount of oxygen you breathe in declines due to “thin air”. Once you reach heights of over 8,000 feet, the oxygen levels in the air gets significantly lower. It becomes difficult for your body to adjust to the decreased oxygen level.
Altitude sickness presents itself in three types.
- Acute mountain sickness (AMS)
- High altitude cerebral edema (HACE)
- High altitude pulmonary edema (HAPE)
The common symptoms include headache, insomnia, dizziness, feeling weak and tired, vomiting, and more. Many people also develop a medical condition, hypoxia, while climbing to higher altitudes. Your symptoms may be mild to severe and may not start suddenly. If you are climbing to high altitude, you should learn about the risks, symptoms, and how to treat it, and prevent altitude sickness.
It is always sensible to try to prevent altitude sickness before it strikes. Once you observe the symptoms, you should start taking steps to treat and avoid getting worse. If you do experience symptoms, take immediate steps to combat them. The best treatment is to go to a lower elevation. If you have a headache, you may take an over-the-counter medicine like ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) or naproxen (Aleve). You may also use medication to reduce any condition related to the stomach or any other symptoms. Drink plenty of water and rest. You should also consult a doctor if your condition is grave. The doctor may prescribe acetazolamide Nifedipine (Procardia) or dexamethasone depending on your condition.
Fortunately, there are options available to create oxygen levels found at sea level and give relief from altitude sickness. An altitude simulation system is safe to use. It meets important safety standards like CDC’S standard for safe oxygen levels, OSHA standard for indoor air quality, and the National Fire Protection Association’s standard for fire safe oxygen use. Instead of using a system that adds only small amounts of oxygen and has no physiological impact like a hand-held oxygen can, look for a system that can effectively reduce altitude sickness.
If you are interested in investing in altitude simulation, look for a company that holds a reputation for working on advanced altitude simulation technology. Make sure the system has a full range of features, including a color touch screen interface, data logging, real-time graphs, remote diagnostics, automatic software updates, and beautiful graphics. It should amalgamate with your home’s smart systems and can be easily accessed from your smartphone.
So, now you can enjoy climbing, visiting, or staying at higher altitude without worrying about altitude sickness with a well-equipped altitude stimulant system. It will help you feel energetic and healthy.