If you’re travelling this year, you may be wary of altitude sickness. This is a common illness, which affects people when they scale the dizzy heights of mountains or visit cities located high above sea level. Here are some tips to help you treat altitude sickness and avoid travel
accidents on your adventures abroad.
How to treat altitude sickness
Altitude sickness is a common problem, which tends to occur when you reach altitude quickly. If you climb a mountain, for example, your body may struggle to adjust from sea level to high ground and this can make it difficult to breathe.
When you’re high above sea level, it’s harder to take in sufficient oxygen and this can contribute to shortness of breath. In addition to breathing difficulties, you may also experience headaches, nausea and dizziness.
If you experience symptoms of altitude sickness, it’s best to avoid climbing any higher. Give yourself 24-48 hours to rest and if your symptoms have subsided, continue on. If you still have symptoms, it’s best to start your descent; if you continue climbing, you will make the situation worse and you run the risk of more serious complications.
If you have signs of severe altitude sickness, this should always be treated as a medical emergency. Warning signs include severe breathlessness, confusion, coughing up pink foamy fluid, a bubbling noise in the chest and difficulty walking and staying upright. If you have these symptoms, call the emergency services.
Often, it’s impossible to predict how your body will react to altitude, but it is a good idea to take your time if you’re climbing a mountain and to do some altitude training to prevent travel illness.
Staying safe abroad
Nobody wants to jet off to foreign climes thinking about holiday accidents, but it is beneficial to be wary of potential hazards and take steps to reduce your risk of getting injured abroad. Different places carry various risks, but some general tips include:
- Stay hydrated
- Keep valuables in a safe
- Avoid carrying large sums of cash on you
- Wear suitable clothing and footwear if you’re engaging in activities or sports
- Follow safety tips and information
- Keep to designated paths
If you’ve been involved in an accident abroad and you weren’t to blame, call Accident Advice Helpline to find out more about making a no win, no fee* claim for travel accident compensation. Or lines are open now on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.
Date Published: April 29, 2016
Author: Accident Advice