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Please provide some do's and don'ts on dealing with altitude sickness.

20 doctors weighed in across 16 answers
Dr. Linda Gromko answered

Specializes in Family Medicine

If: If you can, go to a lower altitude before going to your final destination. You'll adjust better.

Answered 3/7/2014

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Dr. Marsha Davis answered

Specializes in Internal Medicine

Ignore: Talk to you doctor before traveling and take precautions if it is a worry for you.

Answered 8/6/2014

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Dr. Irving Harper answered

Specializes in Internal Medicine

Ignore: No further ascent until sx resolve. Descend to lower altitude if no improvement occurs with med tx.

Answered 9/28/2016

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Dr. Ryan Phasouk answered

Specializes in Family Medicine

Ignore: Follow with your doctor before traveling if sleeping above 8000 feet.

Answered 4/17/2014

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Dr. Bradford Romans answered

Specializes in Internal Medicine

Ignore: If you've ever had it before, you are at much higher risk to get it again.

Answered 8/6/2014

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Dr. Bradford Romans answered

Specializes in Internal Medicine

Altitude: Altitude sickness may be avoided be limiting strenuous activity for 48-72 hrs.

Answered 5/21/2014

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Dr. Natalie Sieb answered

Specializes in Family Medicine

Ignore: If you have mild symptoms, drink plenty of water, rest, avoid alcohol. Wait to ascend until better.

Answered 6/7/2014

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Dr. Philip Miller answered

Specializes in Family Medicine

Ignore: Lots and lots of hydration. Prescription medicine if advised by your physician.

Answered 3/26/2016

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Dr. Karen Dantin answered

Specializes in Family Medicine

Ignore: Do take time to acclimate. Drink water and limit physical activity initially.

Answered 7/1/2014

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Dr. Joyce Pastore answered

Specializes in Internal Medicine

Ignore: Hydration before, during, and after changes in altitude is essential.

Answered 9/29/2016

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Dr. Marsha Davis answered

Specializes in Internal Medicine

Ignore: If you get sick at altitude don't ignore it it can be dangerous.

Answered 7/17/2014

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Dr. Philip Ewing answered

Specializes in Pediatrics

DO:: Do ask your doctor about acetazolamide before your travel. Don't forget to drink plenty of liquids.

Answered 1/18/2019

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Dr. Zachary Veres answered

Specializes in Family Medicine

Ignore: Don't drink alcohol, caffeine prior to ascent. Stay hydrated. Don't rush your descent.

Answered 2/28/2015

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Dr. Kenneth Weston answered

Specializes in Family Medicine

Help: Help avoid altitude sickness...Drink Lots of Water.....Avoid alcohol and caffeine.

Answered 5/31/2015

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Dr. Linda Gromko answered

Specializes in Family Medicine

Planning: Planning to travel to high elevation? Stay overnight at a lower altitude first can help you adjust.

Answered 10/30/2017

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Dr. John cuong Doan answered

Specializes in Family Medicine

Ignore: Try not to have sexual intercourse when you are still adjusting to the altitude. You will get sick!

Answered 5/22/2018

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