Huseng wrote:Next month I'll be flying into to Leh, Ladakh, which is 3524 meters above sea-level. While I've never experienced altitude sickness before, this time it is a concern just because I am flying rather than driving into a high altitude location and will be remaining there for awhile.
In TB are there are precautions one can take? Also, is there any way of dealing with mild high altitude sickness symptoms?
"Altitude Sickness" usually affects the old, or those who have a compromised pulmonary system. You should be fine, if you observe some simple precautions.
First of all hydrate. Drink LOTS of water. Drink as much water as you can and keep it coming. Most people who suffer from AS are dehydrated. When you pee clear, you're sufficiently hydrated. If you feel thirsty, you're already on the way to deydration. Don't let it get that far. Stay away from soda or any beverage with caffine or alchohol in it, including energy drinks - they will dehydrate you.
Keep a bottle of water with you at all times and take little sips. Don't let yourslef get thirsty and then drink a shitload of water to try and quench the thirst. While the immediate thirst may be quenched, most of the water you've wolfed down will just get peed out in a few minutes leaving you still dehydrated.
Don't beat yourself up physically. Take it easy at first. You're going to be up around 11,000 ft. You WILL feel that. You'll crap out quickly.
Drink LOTS of water.
Keep yourself covered as well as you can. The sun will be very intense at that altitude. Don't skimp on sunblockers. Find a good, wide-brimmed hat. Lightweight long-sleeved shirts are a must.
Keep a jacket with you all the time. At that altitude, if the sun ducks behind a cloud, the air temperature will drop like a rock. You do not want to get hypothermia, either.
Your vision may get wierd. You may experience a ringing in the ears. The lack of oxygen may make you a bit dizzy. you may not sleep well at first. If you're in good shape your body should adapt.
Drink lots of water.
If you start experiencing AS symptoms, it's too late. You're already officially in trouble. You want to avoid AS not try to treat it.