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Acute Mountain Sickness

Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS)

It gets when you go up in the high mountains where the air is thin. AMS is common at high altitudes, that is above 2,440 meters. Three-quarters of people have mild symptoms of AMS over 3,048 meters. The occurrence of AMS depends on the altitude, the rate of ascent, and individual susceptibility. Symptoms
  • Headache
  • Problem on breathing
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea and Vomiting
  • Fatigue/loss of energy
  • Loss of appetite
Techniques for preventing AMS
  • Walk slowly and take small breaks during the trekking
  • Drink more water and avoid alcohol
  • Take acclimatization days during the trek
  • Avoid smoking
  • Eat light and high-calorie diets, foods in rich potassium is recommend
  • Get prepare with the warms clothes
  • It is better to try some hiking before going the high altitude.
Some Medication Suggestion of AMS
  • Paracetamol and Ibuprofen for headaches
  • Anti-sickness medicines, like promethazine for nausea
  • Acetazolamide to prevent and treat high altitude sickness
Common AMS treatment
  • Descend down to the lower altitude and go up again once you feel better. If it does not improve even after descending or get worse then you should see the doctor.
  • Take the suggested medicine, take ibuprofen or paracetamol for a headache, if you feel sick then take anti-sickness medicines.
  • Always share your companions if you are not feeling well so that they can help you before it is too late.
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