Altitude Sickness

Altitude Sickness, more commonly known as mountain sickness, happens when a person feels sick, dizzy, and experiences shortness of breath when ascending quickly to a high altitude because of lack of oxygen. When traveling to high altitudes, one must combat this sickness with proper and effective medications.If you experience Altitude Sickness, True Medical has the right medication to help you treat your condition. We offer a wide range of medications based on its severity. Patients can consult with our team of medical experts to get the right prescription for your symptoms.

Altitude Sickness, more commonly known as mountain sickness, happens when a person feels sick, dizzy, and experiences shortness of breath when ascending quickly to a high altitude because of lack of oxygen. When traveling to high altitudes, one must combat this sickness with proper and effective medications.If you experience Altitude Sickness, True Medical has the right medication to help you treat your condition. We offer a wide range of medications based on its severity. Patients can consult with our team of medical experts to get the right prescription for your symptoms.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is altitude sickness? 

Altitude sickness is a medical condition that travellers suffer as they ascend to high altitudes. There are different types of altitude sickness depending on the severity of its effects. Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) is the most common and mildest. The symptoms can be likened to a hangover.

High Pulmonary Edema (HAPE) is a more serious ailment because of the buildup of fluid in the lungs which could lead to a serious illness when not treated immediately. High Altitude Cerebral Edema (HACE) is the most serious type and can be life-threatening. This condition occurs when there is fluid in the brain. This requires quick medical attention.

Most travellers may feel the mildest type with the symptoms mentioned. However, if you are experiencing the symptoms of the more severe types, you may experience tightness in the chest and difficulty in walking. These symptoms will enable you to differentiate the different levels of this ailment.

What causes altitude sickness? 

This condition is caused by high altitudes as the name implies. It occurs when you travel upwards abruptly since the air pressure is lower and lesser oxygen is available as you get higher. The sudden lack of it is too much to adjust as your body is used to normal air pressure. you may experience feeling sick, shortness of breath, and lightheadedness. The important factor is the altitude. If you live at a slightly high altitude and you are going to a higher altitude, chances are you will not likely be affected as your body is used to it.

Altitude sickness can affect men and women even if they are fit. The important factors to consider are how high and how fast you go plus the altitude you sleep at. Younger people are more likely to get it than the older ones. An underlying medical condition could trigger this sickness more often than not.

How can I treat altitude sickness? 

When you plan on travelling to a high altitude, then you should find treatments to remedy this ailment from True Medical. Acetazolamide is an effective medication to combat the symptoms. It can also prevent sickness as the body adjusts to the pressure and altitude.

However, the fastest way to relieve it is by transferring to a lower elevation so that your body gets enough oxygen. As you travel to a higher elevation, you should be wary of the symptoms and take medication when needed.