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What Are the Symptoms of Altitude Sickness?

The symptoms of altitude sickness generally appear within hours of moving to higher altitudes. They vary depending on the severity of your condition. If you have a mild case, you may experience:

  • dizziness
  • headache
  • muscle aches
  • insomnia
  • nausea and vomiting
  • irritability
  • loss of appetite
  • swelling of the hands, feet, and face
  • rapid heartbeat
  • shortness of breath with physical exertion

Altitude Sickness or Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) is a pathological effect of high altitude on humans caused by exposure to low amounts of oxygen at high altitude.  It presents as a collection of non-specific symptoms, resembling a hangover or the flu. “Without the sore throat or cough”.

It is almost impossible to determine who will be affected, although the elderly, asthma sufferers, smokers, and other individuals with respiratory disorders, such as COPD, Emphysema, etc. are at higher risk.  Anyone of any age, regardless of physical condition, can be affected by altitude sickness, especially those visiting from sea level.  Ascending quickly and physical activity at altitude make you more likely to be affected.

Almost half of all vacationers that visit high altitude are at risk for Altitude Sickness

What causes Altitude Sickness?

Two things are certain to make altitude sickness very likely – ascending faster than 500m per day, and exercising vigorously. Physically fit individuals are not protected – even Olympic athletes get altitude sickness. Altitude sickness happens because there is less oxygen in the air that you breathe at high altitudes. Oxygen Concentrators provide a safe supply of oxygen to users that help eliminate or avoid AMS symptoms.

There is so much less oxygen in the high mountains that it is not surprising that travelling to high altitudes causes people to feel unwell, but how this shortage of oxygen actually leads to altitude sickness is still not fully understood. Some scientists believe that it is due to swelling of the brain but the evidence for this hypothesis is not conclusive. The theory is that in susceptible individuals, swelling could cause a small increase in the pressure inside the skull and lead to symptoms of acute mountain sickness. The swelling may be due to increased blood flow to the brain or leakiness of blood vessels in the brain.

OXYGEN (supplied by our oxygen concentrators) HAS BEEN USED TO RELIEVE SYMPTOMS OF ALTITUDE SICKNESS!

Who gets acute mountain sickness?

Anyone who travels QUICKLY (air, auto, train) to altitudes of over 8000ft is at risk of acute mountain sickness. Normally it doesn’t become noticeable until you have been at that altitude for a few hours. Part of the mystery of acute mountain sickness is that it is difficult to predict who will be affected. There are many stories of fit and healthy people being badly limited by symptoms of acute mountain sickness, while their older companions have felt fine. Oxygen is an easy solution to avoid symptoms.

What Are the Symptoms of Altitude Sickness?

The symptoms of altitude sickness generally appear within hours of moving to higher altitudes. They vary depending on the severity of your condition. If you have a mild case, you may experience:

  • dizziness
  • headache
  • muscle aches
  • insomnia
  • nausea and vomiting
  • irritability
  • loss of appetite
  • swelling of the hands, feet, and face
  • rapid heartbeat
  • shortness of breath with physical exertion

Altitude Sickness or Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) is a pathological effect of high altitude on humans caused by exposure to low amounts of oxygen at high altitude.  It presents as a collection of non-specific symptoms, resembling a hangover or the flu. “Without the sore throat or cough”.

It is almost impossible to determine who will be affected, although the elderly, asthma sufferers, smokers, and other individuals with respiratory disorders, such as COPD, Emphysema, etc. are at higher risk.  Anyone of any age, regardless of physical condition, can be affected by altitude sickness, especially those visiting from sea level.  Ascending quickly and physical activity at altitude make you more likely to be affected.

Almost half of all vacationers that visit high altitude are at risk for Altitude Sickness

What causes Altitude Sickness?

Two things are certain to make altitude sickness very likely – ascending faster than 500m per day, and exercising vigorously. Physically fit individuals are not protected – even Olympic athletes get altitude sickness. Altitude sickness happens because there is less oxygen in the air that you breathe at high altitudes. Oxygen Concentrators provide a safe supply of oxygen to users that help eliminate or avoid AMS symptoms.

There is so much less oxygen in the high mountains that it is not surprising that travelling to high altitudes causes people to feel unwell, but how this shortage of oxygen actually leads to altitude sickness is still not fully understood. Some scientists believe that it is due to swelling of the brain but the evidence for this hypothesis is not conclusive. The theory is that in susceptible individuals, swelling could cause a small increase in the pressure inside the skull and lead to symptoms of acute mountain sickness. The swelling may be due to increased blood flow to the brain or leakiness of blood vessels in the brain.

OXYGEN (supplied by our oxygen concentrators) HAS BEEN USED TO RELIEVE SYMPTOMS OF ALTITUDE SICKNESS!

Who gets acute mountain sickness?

Anyone who travels QUICKLY (air, auto, train) to altitudes of over 8000ft is at risk of acute mountain sickness. Normally it doesn’t become noticeable until you have been at that altitude for a few hours. Part of the mystery of acute mountain sickness is that it is difficult to predict who will be affected. There are many stories of fit and healthy people being badly limited by symptoms of acute mountain sickness, while their older companions have felt fine. Oxygen is an easy solution to avoid symptoms.

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Rick and Val Whitford
Winter Park, Colorado

Owners Rick and Val arrived in Winter Park in 2009 for a “temporary visit” and continued to pursue “Front range” careers. During the Great Recession, they started to see a need to move away from those pursuits and became open to the idea of doing something for this community that would keep them here permanently. After working for Winter Park Resort and seeing the numerous visitors “disappear” mid-visit for Altitude Sickness related symptoms, an idea to help ease those pains, Oxygen to You!, became the lead candidate for investigation.

Now, after 2-3 years of research, advice and discussion with the medical providers and guest amenity companies, Oxygen to You! was launched in June of 2016 with the goal of keeping our guests and visitors to Winter Park, Fraser Valley and Grand County upright and healthy so that they can enjoy all that we have to offer…..and be eager to return again and again.

Rick and Val Whitford
Winter Park, Colorado

Owners Rick and Val arrived in Winter Park in 2009 for a “temporary visit” and continued to pursue “Front range” careers. During the Great Recession, they started to see a need to move away from those pursuits and became open to the idea of doing something for this community that would keep them here permanently. After working for Winter Park Resort and seeing the numerous visitors “disappear” mid-visit for Altitude Sickness related symptoms, an idea to help ease those pains, Oxygen to You!, became the lead candidate for investigation.

Now, after 2-3 years of research, advice and discussion with the medical providers and guest amenity companies, Oxygen to You! was launched in June of 2016 with the goal of keeping our guests and visitors to Winter Park, Fraser Valley and Grand County upright and healthy so that they can enjoy all that we have to offer…..and be eager to return again and again.

 
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