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How Do You Prevent Altitude Sickness
Go slow: If possible, acclimate slowly (ie: go up only 1000-2000 feet each day once you get above 4000 feet and rest lots). Drink LOTS of water, eat foods high in iron and carbohydrates, avoid alcohol and other sedatives, and ask your doctor if a prescription for acetazolamide might be right for you. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Depends on degree: This depends on the degree of illness. But I do agree with my colleague that descent -- safely -- is the first thing to do. Additional needs might be oxygen, hydration, the diuretic diamox (acetazolamide). If the person is confused, short of breath, and not moving well, this is severe and you're going to need help getting him/her down the mountain. Better to watch for early signs than let it get this far. ...Read more
Safe descent: The best treatment for altitude illness or altitude sickness is to decrease one's elevation by at least 1000 ft (quickly and safely.) if symptoms do not improve, one needs to descend another 1000 ft. If one has symptoms of hace (high altitude cerebral edema) or hape (high altitude pulmonary edema) contact search and rescue and arrange for emergent air evacuation. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Drink water: Most patients who develop hypernatremia are not able to get enough water. This can occur in setting of environmental exposure, or in healthcare settings when patients have dementia or stroke. The latter two conditions can diminish the thirst reflex which is normally very powerful. Many nursing home patients also develop this as they are not able to get water to drink and rely of staff to provide. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Immunization: There are immunizations available for common strains of the bacteria that cause meningococcal and pneumococcal meningitis and H Influenza meningitis. Another consideration is avoiding contact with suspected cases. There are antibiotics given to those with contact with active cases, to prevent developing meningitis. ...Read more
Couple of tricks: Some take otc dramamine (dimenhydrinate) or Meclizine prior to getting onto a boat. There is a bracelet with a bead to be worn if you might suffer motion sickness, and is said to be useful in some. The old fashioned scopolamine patch behind the ear may work. A lot of migraine pts have motion sickness, and anti-migraine meds may be useful. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
8000 feet but:: 8000 ft is often when people notice significant symptoms yet at 5000 ft many are breathless ; those who are very susceptible may complain of headache or occasional nausea. More serious high altitude pulmonary edema or high altitude cerebral edema emerge at higher altitude but it is speed of ascent rather than absolute height which increases risk. Danger very high at or above 11, 500 ft. ...Read more
Usually from diving: It is the body's response to reduction of pressure without equilibration. Usually associated with too rapid ascent from depth, it is also called caisson's disease because of the air pressure necessary to keep water excluded in contruction (e.g., deep bridge abuttments). ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Prepare first,go slo: It is important to acclimate to elevation by lessening activity at the start. . Since oxygen levels are lower at elevation, we tend to hyperventilate to maintain oxygen levels. Use of acetazolamide a diuretic can be started prior to going to elevation to cause mild hyperventilation making acclimization easier. Hydration and avoidance of excess alcolhol prior to acclimating is helpful. ...Read more
Don't get hurt!: A hematoma is a "bruise". Usually caused by injury. To avoid 100% of these, is impossible. We all bang ourselves on something, we have all fallen, etc. You can avoid injuries by caution, seat belts, protective sports gear, good warm-ups before activity, avoiding intoxicants etc. Sometimes unexplained bruising can occur due to medication effects or bleeding disorders. See a doc for this. ...Read more
DCS: Decompression sickness (dcs) is also called the bends. When a diver descends in the water- pressure increases. As the diver ascends there is less pressure which allows dissolved gas to form bubbles in body tissues. This can cause a variety of different symptoms ; in some cases can lead to death. It could also occur in an unpressurized aircraft going to high altitude, if a halo parachutist does not. ...Read more
Prevent Strokes: Prevent strokes by optimizing your blood pressure, eliminating all inflammation, being vigilant about preventing and treating any periodontal disease, and avoiding insulin resistance. You need a Carotid Intima-Media Thickness sonogram to check for soft plaque or thickening (not a duplex). See a doctor who is trained in the Bale and Doneen Heart Attack, Stroke, and Diabetes Prevention Method. ...Read more
Multi-factorial: There are no approved medications for primary stroke prevention. Blood pressure control, tight blood sugar control and no smoking reduce risk. For secondary prevention, aspirin, a cholesterol lowering agent (statin) and the above will reduce your risk of a second stroke. If you have atrial fibrillation, anti-coagulation is indicated. Co-morbid medical conditions may modify the above. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Wash your hands: Sepsis is not in itself "avoidable" - but you can ensure good general health by eating well, avoiding steroids, and washing your hands. Keeping yourself from getting shot, stabbed or crushed is also a good idea, and keeping dirt out of your wounds is a bonus. If you are diabetic, take your Insulin or other medications and follow a sound diabetic diet. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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