Altitude sickness is a condition caused at altitudes over 8000 feet due to body’s inability to breathe in enough oxygen at high altitudes.
- Low air pressure
- Less oxygen in the air
- Rapid increase in altitude
- Vomiting and/or nausea
In severe cases:
- Lack of muscular coordination
- Blueness of skin and nails
- Frequent coughing
- Irrational behavior
- Gradual loss of consciousness
- Rest and give body time to adjust to the high altitude.
- Descend to a lower altitude if symptoms are aggravated.
- Some medication can also help to reduce the symptoms.
- Oxygen treatment can also help to increase the oxygen levels in the blood.
- Ascend slowly to let your body adjust to the higher altitudes.
- Avoid alcohol, sleeping pills and smoking while climbing.
- Consume lot of water to avoid dehydration.
- Avoid excessive physical strain.