What is altitude sickness?
They don’t call it the Mile High City for nothing. Denver is elevated high above sea level, which can cause issues of altitude sickness for unsuspecting tourists and even year-round residents.
Altitude sickness frequently occurs when you reach heights above 7,500 feet, as oxygen levels begin to drop the further you get from sea level.
The air literally becomes thinner, with less oxygen readily available. For this reason, it becomes harder for our lungs to access the oxygen we need in order to function properly.
Typically altitude sickness will only occur while you are engaging in physical activity such as skiing or hiking. But it is even possible to get sick while just taking a brisk walk around town.
What are the symptoms of altitude sickness?
Some of the common symptoms associated with altitude sickness include trouble sleeping, fatigue, dizziness or lightheadedness, headache, loss of appetite, nausea or vomiting, rapid pulse and shortness of breath.
You’ll know when you’re feeling the effects of a lack of oxygen, and that means it’s time to get help. If you are feeling the symptoms of altitude sickness even after preparing for it, you may want to visit us at Peak Hydration for a powerful IV solution. Our IV’s are supplemented with essential ingredients that will help restore your vitals to normal and get you back on track to enjoy the rest of your vacation or day.
How to avoid altitude sickness?
If you’re going to be in Denver or somewhere with a high altitude, you might want to consider taking some steps to prevent altitude sickness. After all, it is pretty preventable, and it can lead to a lot of nasty issues if you aren’t careful.
Here are some steps to take in order to prevent altitude sickness:
Avoid extremely intense physical activity:
Chances are you’ve made it to Denver in hopes of hitting the slopes for some great snowboarding/skiing fun. And while that’s all well and good, you may want to consider avoiding the double black diamonds if you aren’t 100% sure that you’re ready for it.
What we’re trying to say is, the more energy you exert, the more oxygen you’re going to need. That combined with the low oxygen content at a high altitude can lead to altitude sickness. So have fun, but be careful with how much energy you choose to spend.
Watch your alcohol consumption
When you’re at a higher altitude, everything is elevated. That includes the effect of your favorite adult beverages. If you are familiar with your “limit” we recommend lowering it during your time in the mountains, otherwise you’ll find yourself feeling the effects a lot sooner than you’re used to.
Drink plenty of water
The air is less humid out here. So you’re going to need to consume more water in order to combat the dryness of the air. It’s the easiest way out of the bunch to prevent altitude sickness so chug a bit more water before you head out for the day and bring a bottle along wherever you go.
The weather works a bit differently here. During the day, the sun is much more powerful than in lower altitude areas. So even though the temperature is technically lower, it will still feel a bit hotter. Then at nighttime, the temperature drops pretty drastically. Dressing in layers will ensure that you can layer up or down in order to cope with the temperature at any time.
I have altitude sickness, what now?
Chances are, you’ve found this article too late to “prevent” altitude sickness and you are currently feeling the painful effects of a lack of oxygen flowing through your veins. If this is the case, you may want to consider getting an IV Recovery Drip here at Peak Hydration.
Our recovery selection includes immediate relief from altitude sickness by replenishing your body with hydration and nutrients such as Saline, B Vitamins and Magnesium Chloride. Our board-certified registered nurses, under the supervision of our Medical Director, can also administer (as appropriate) Toradol for the intense headache pain and Zofran to curb the nausea. In other words, we help you feel a lot better in a little bit of time.
If interested, you can book online here. Happy Denvering!