Note: I am not a doctor, nor have I consulted one prior to writing this post. My tips and recommendations are merely based on my own experience.
The Andes Mountains and Himalaya are among the places that require visitors to ascend to high altitude. The combination of less oxygen and lower air pressure found at high altitudes pose a health hazard, which can manifest in one or more forms of altitude sickness.
Altitude sickness is quite similar to hangover or sea sickness: You’re nauseous, weakened, dizzy, your head aches and it can feel difficult to breathe. Every time you breathe in La Paz, you take only half as much air (and thus oxygen) as you would if you took the same breath in New York or Berlin.
Here are my tried and proved tips on how to treat AMS (acute mountain sickness):
When traveling to Cusco, La Paz or Lhasa it’s fair to say that most people will get some symptoms of the illness. In case you get worse while resting, you should seek a doctor immediately or descend. Remember – altitude sickness is a serious and in some cases life threatening condition, so you must treat it as such.
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