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Altitude Sickness and IV Therapy

Updated: Oct 12

What you need to know before taking on elevation

Denver is the “Mile High City” at 5,280 feet above sea level, but it is important to understand it is not actually in the mountains. Once inside the front range elevation gains can be rapid and tremendous. There are peaks in the Rocky Mountains 14,000 feet above the Earth’s surface. Rapid ascent of peaks greater than 8,000 feet can cause some people to have altitude sickness or Acute Mountain Sickness. At higher altitudes air gets thin, and it is harder for oxygen to reach your lungs due to pressure changes. If you are not acclimated you can begin experiencing mild symptoms such as headache, nausea, and fatigue or severe symptoms such as shortness of breath, loss of coordination, and confusion. The first step to treatment is to move to a lower altitude. Next, if you are having mild symptoms, call us! We can use our altitude sickness protocol to manage your symptoms and help you to enjoy your time here in Denver. If you have severe symptoms, get to the nearest emergency department!


At higher altitudes, it is harder for oxygen to reach your lungs due to pressure changes and if you are not acclimated you can begin experiencing mild symptoms such as headache, nausea, and fatigue or severe symptoms such as shortness of breath, loss of coordination, and confusion. We treat mild symptoms of acute mountain sickness with a combination of IV fluid, essential vitamins and minerals, anti-nausea medication, and nonnarcotic pain medication.


Check out our Altitude Sickness Package today!

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