If you’re embarking on an overseas adventure this summer, it’s advisable to bear the risks of altitude sickness in mind. If you’re planning to scale mountains or hike up hills, bear these safety tips in mind to reduce your risk of being involved in travel accidents.
What is altitude sickness?
Altitude sickness is a relatively common condition, which occurs when you struggle to take in sufficient oxygen at altitude. It usually happens when you climb to altitude quickly, and your body can’t adjust fast enough.
When you ascend, there is a change in pressure, and this makes it more difficult to breathe. You may find that you suffer from shortness of breath, dizziness, nausea and headaches if you have altitude sickness.
In rare cases, altitude sickness can be life-threatening. If you experience symptoms including bubbling in the chest, increasingly severe breathing problems and coughing up foamy fluid, seek urgent medical attention.
If you’re doing a climb or hike, and you suffer from altitude sickness, this doesn’t necessarily mean that you’ll have to give up. In some cases, resting is sufficient treatment and you’ll be able to carry on. If you don’t feel well, don’t take risks. The higher you climb, the worse your symptoms will get. Follow the advice of medical professionals.
Preventing accidents and altitude sickness
If you’re eager to explore, or you’re a fitness or hiking enthusiast looking for a new challenge, make sure you take these pointers on board:
- Stick to the designated paths
- Wear suitable footwear to prevent slips and trips
- Take warm layers and a waterproof with you
- If you’re climbing alone, make sure somebody knows where you’re going and which route you’re taking
- Charge your mobile phone and take a torch and a whistle with you
- Know your limits. If you don’t feel well and you suspect you have altitude sickness, take a break
- Stay hydrated
- Carry high-calorie snacks with you
Nobody wants to worry about travel injuries when they’re planning a holiday. However, accidents abroad do happen, and it’s best to be aware of potential hazards before you travel.
If you’ve sustained injuries abroad or you’ve been involved in a holiday accident which wasn’t your fault, call Accident Advice Helpline today.
Our freephone lines are open 24/7 on 0800 689 0500 from a landline and 0333 500 0993 from a mobile. If you have evidence to support your holiday accident claim, we could help you to claim travel accident compensation.
Date Published: August 1, 2016
Author: Accident Advice