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All you need to know about altitudes sickness

If you are going to hike in high altitude, more than likely you will experience some form of altitude sickness. Find out what is altitude sickness and how to deal with it?

What is altitude sickness?

Altitude sickness occurs when you cannot get enough oxygen from the air at high altitudes. When you don’t get enough oxygen you may experience a range of symptoms such as headache, loss of appetite, and trouble sleeping. Anybody can get altitude sickness, but data suggest that when people who are not used to high altitudes go quickly from lower altitudes to about 2500m (about 8,000 ft) or higher are more likely to experience symptoms. Thus, sufficient acclimatization is critical. It is important to climb slow and allow your body to acclimatize to the elevation.

 

Every person responds to the altitude differently. Most cases of altitude sickness are mild. In these cases, people may experience headache, nausea, and exhaustion. However, some people may experience more severe symptoms such as a persistent cough and breathlessness (even when resting). At PamojaKili and Safris LTD, health and safety are our top priority. We are experienced at monitoring reactions to the altitude and at ensuring that you will have a safe and enjoyable climb.

Every person responds to the altitude differently. Most cases of altitude sickness are mild. In these cases, people may experience headache, nausea, and exhaustion. However, some people may experience more severe symptoms such as a persistent cough and breathlessness (even when resting). At PamojaKili and Safris LTD, health and safety are our top priority. We are experienced at monitoring reactions to the altitude and at ensuring that you will have a safe and enjoyable climb.

Signs of HAPE or HACE altitude sickness

In rare cases, people who climb Mt. Kilimanjaro may develop HAPE or HACE and these more severe symptoms are cause for concern. We are very experienced and we know how to respond at the first sign of these more serious forms of altitude sickness, including:

  • Extreme breathlessness (even when resting)
  • A bubbling sound in the chest
  • Coughing up pink or white frothy liquid
  • Blue lips of finger nails
  • Drowsiness
  • Clumsiness and difficulty walking
  • Confusion
  • Irrational behaviour, such as refusing to acknowledge symptoms
  • Double vision

AMS

AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) is very common when climbing Kilimanjaro.

HAPE

HAPE (High Altitude Pulmonary Edema)is a dangerous build-up of fluid in the lungs.

HACE

HACE (High Altitude Cerebral Edema) is a dangerous build-up of fluid in the brain.

How we help reduce the affects of altitude sickness in our customers:

  • We monitor our customers’ health. At least twice a day our medically trained guides checkyour oxygen saturation by using a pulse oximeter and we use a stethoscope to check for fluids in your lungs. After breakfast and after dinner, our guides ask standard questions about your health, especially related to altitude sickness symptoms.
  • In fact, we keep a log of your health to make sure we are paying close attention to any changes. To ensure a safe climb, we encourage all of our customers to be patient and listen to their bodies. If you experience mild AMS symptoms, we will work with you to slow down the pace of the trek and encourage you to drink more fluids and consume more food. Our guides are there to support you every step of the way.
  • Find out more about altitude sickness:
    altitude.org/altitude _sickness.php
    http://www.emedicinehealth.com/mountain_sickness/article_em.htm

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