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A great trip without “Altitude Sickness”
Hello, dear reader. In this article we will give you some tips to have a great trip without Altitude Sickness.
Commonly called “soroche” or “altitude sickness”, the Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) is the poor adaptation of our body to the lack of oxygen at high altitudes (+ 2400m).
This hypoxia (lack of oxygen) is due to the fact that the higher we climb, the less atmospheric pressure and oxygen pressure, which causes us to breathe less oxygen.
They vary according to the person, but the most common are:
- severe headache
- physical exhaustion
- sleep disorder
- digestive disorders
- lack of appetite
- nausea or vomiting
- dry lips
- chest pain, etc.
Some people do not have symptoms for a few hours. Symptoms usually appear or become stronger at night. Although you may not have symptoms, it is advisable to follow these guidelines to be in good health while traveling.
Tips to avoid Altitute Sickness
Bear in mind that if you are a person at risk (smokers, people with high blood pressure, asthma, kidney failure, etc.) you should consult our doctor before choosing a destination for altitude.
Keep calm, eat lightly, rest or avoid exertion during the first days, drink a lot of water, breathe deeply, do not smoke, do not take sedatives, do not drink alcohol, do not eat salty food, eat food rich in carbohydrates and natural sugars.
Mate de Coca:
A natural medicine widely used by locals to combat altitude sickness is “Mate de Coca”. This can be consumed as an infusion or directly keep the leaves in the mouth, to one side. The taste is bitter and not very tasty, but it helps a lot and also works as a digestive.
Mate de coca
To ensure not having very strong symptoms, many people take anti-soroche pills such as the “Sorojchi pill” or others that are sold without a prescription in pharmacies. In the case of the aforementioned pill, it is taken 8 hours before traveling to the altitude destination and then every 8 hours.
This is recommended for children and adults over 12 years old. It contains aspirin and derivatives, as well as caffeine, so it helps with headaches and fatigue produced by altitude sickness.
In case the person feels that the symptoms do not improve, consult a doctor or notify the hotel, lodging or airport if oxygen therapy is required.
At Peruvian Sunrise we care about you, therefore, we hope we have helped you understand a little more about altitude sickness and prevent it.
If you need more information and help, don’t hesitate to contact us!