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Tips to avoid AMS

Below are a few tips that will certainly help you in better acclimatization:
  • Gradual Increase in the altitude : If one goes by acclimatization rules, they state that after 10,000 feet, one should stay overnight after completing 1000 feet and for a complete day, after 3000. If things go fine, it means that you will be able to enjoy yourself in the mountains.
  • Keep hydration levels in your body proper : Consume plenty of ORS water or other fluids such as soup, milk, tea and juice. Instead of plain water, consume garlic flavored water by keeping garlic in your water bottles. This keeps the oxygen level, normal. Avoid too much of coffee or black tea.
  • Over hydration is a complete no-no : Do not force anyone to drink water, if they are not thirsty or they will vomit or worse, can develop cerebral edema (hypothermia, confusion, weakness, seizures or coma).
  • Try not to sleep at high altitudes : When one sleeps, respiration in our body decreases. It is advisable that after spending a day at a high altitude, move down in the evening.
  • Do not over- exert : Avoid any kind of over exertion or unnecessary physical activity.
  • Stay away from anti-depressant drugs, alcohol, smoking and tobacco : Stay from anti-depressant drugs (like sleeping pills), alcohol, smoking and tobacco. You will face more respiratory troubles.
  • Keep-up the body warmth : Keep-up the body warm by weaning woolens. Your clothes should be dry as well.
  • Consume Carbohydrates : Consume a diet that is rich in carbohydrate as you get around 70 percent of your calories from it.
  • Do not sleep during the day : Avoid sleeping during day time and try to indulge in one or the other activity.
  • Try Sleeping in upright position : Try and sleep by resting your back against the wall or try to keep your head on an elevated level from the body. Your head will feel much lighter.
  • Carry preventive medication : Do not forget to pack AMS preventive medication but make sure you consult a doctor before consuming them because of the possible side effects. To check for possible allergies, you can try them a week or two before the trip.
  • If condition worsens, quickly move down : If symptoms of the AMS increase, you must move down at once. This is the last and the best solution.