When traveling to higher altitudes, there are possible medical conditions to be aware of, such as Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS), High Altitude Cerebral Edema (HACE) or swelling of the brain, and High Altitude Pulmonary Edema (HAPE) or fluid back-up in the lungs. In most cases, these conditions can be avoided by ascending slowly and allowing your body to adjust as you go. In addition, altitude sickness prescriptions are available to help your body acclimate to high altitudes. Your travel medicine clinician can help determine which medications are right for you, if you plan any high-altitude activities.
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Why is an Altitude Sickness Prescription Necessary? (Source CDC.gov)
Any traveler can experience signs and symptoms of altitude sickness if they go above 8,000 ft (2,500 m). Some can even experience altitude sickness at lower altitudes. A traveler's prior response to high altitude does not guarantee they will have the same response on future trips. With this in mind, it's important to acknowledge the life-threatening effects AMS, HACE, and HAPE can have.
The travel medicine experts at e7 Health want to assist in reducing your risk of altitude sickness and the potential subsequent effects. An altitude sickness prescription, along with the counseling provided by e7 Health's travel medicine doctors, can help aid in acclimatization, reducing and possibly preventing these effects.
At e7 Health, your clinician can help determine which altitude sicknness prescription is best for you based on your medical history and provide you the necessary counseling based on your travel itinerary.