Travel Hazards

Altitude Sickness

A period of adjustment will be necessary with drastic altitude and weather changes. Symptoms of high-altitude sickness, which usually occur at elevations greater than 8,000 feet (2,348 meters), are headache, nausea, weakness and shortness of breath. If severe shortness of breath or confusion develops, delivery of oxygen transfer to a lower altitude are necessary

The best way to prevent high-altitude sickness is a slow ascent: approximately 984 feet (300 meters) per day is good. Limit exercise, alcohol consumption and tobacco use for the first few days to become accustomed to your new environment. In some situations, prescription medications such as acetazolamide (Diamox) might be advisable. Your TravelWell Consultant can help determine if you need any for your trip.