The higher up you are, the harder it is to get enough oxygen. You can begin experiencing symptoms ranging from headache, nausea, and fatigue to scary stuff like shortness of breath and confusion. We help treat these mild symptoms with IV fluids, vitamins and minerals, anti-nausea medication, and nonnarcotic pain medication.

 

Helps with...

  • Nausea
  • Headache
  • Fatigue

 

Altitude Sickness

  • At higher altitudes, 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 headaches, nausea, fatigue. Or, you can begin to experience severe symptoms such as shortness of breath, loss of coordination, and confusion. We help treat mild symptoms with a combination of IV fluid, essential vitamins and minerals, anti-nausea medication, and nonnarcotic pain medication.

    Colorado’s average elevation sits at 6,800 feet above sea level, and 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, the 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 headaches, nausea, fatigue, or severe symptoms such as shortness of breath, loss of coordination, and confusion. The first step is to move to a lower altitude.

    Next, if you are having mild symptoms, call us! We can use our altitude sickness protocol to help manage your symptoms and help you to enjoy your time here in Colorado. Finally, if you have severe symptoms, get to the nearest emergency department!