Altitude Sickness Overview:
Also known as Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS), this condition is characterised by the hypoxic effects of high altitude. There are two main conditions associated with AMS; High altitude cerebral edema (HACE), and High altitude pulmonary edema (HAPE). Both conditions involve fluid buildup as a result of the differential atmospheric pressure. Both can be fatal if left untreated for too long, and both are easily and fully treated with the removal to a lower altitude.
High Altitude Cerebral Edema (HACE):
High Altitude Pulmonary Edema:
1. Increase Oxygen Concentration
Altitude should be reduced to the last checkpoint where good health was maintained. Syptoms will usually cease immediatly. Oxygen therapy can be given prior to arriving at a safe altitude to increase the oxygen concentration.
2. Improve The Elimination Of Carbon Dioxide From The Body
Focus on breathing to improve carbon dioxide elimination to prevent further symptoms.
- Xanthine alkaloids such as caffeine, theobromine, or theophylline are great bronchodilators. Pharmaceutically Beta-2-receptor agonists can be used.
3. Reduce Fluid buildup
This is important to reduce some of the fluid accumulation symptoms of altitude sickness.
Herbs/Supplements For AMS:
- yerba mate
- oxygen enhancers
Formulas For XXX:
Training Considerations For Altitude Sickness:
....Altitude centers. NOT altitude masks.
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Here we discuss how AMS occurs, and ways to treat or prevent it when venturing high into the mountains.