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Altitude sickness

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insufficient flow of oxygen to the brain and other vital organs.



can affect anyone at above 3000 meters (10,000 feet).




shortness of breath


bring oxygen can and inhale (based on my experience in Yunnan, particularly Yulong and Zhongdian).

drink plenty of fluid.

do not smoke.

In 99% of altitude sickness, rest and 2 aspirins relieve the discomfort. But, serious (sometimes fatal), conditions of pulmonary and cerebral oedema also begin with same symptoms.

avoid sleeping pills / tranquilizers (because they depress respiration and limit oxygen intake).

Diamox (acetozolamide).

Rhodiola rocea / Rosweood / 红景天: I took this while in Yunnan, recommended by an ex-army guy who worked in Tibet before, now he works in Lijiang and decided not to descend to much lower altitude immediately.

I also learned about the altitude sickness from the book:

The Silk Road Xi’an to Kashgar by Judy Bonavia (revised by Christoph Baumer).

Written by blueroselady

May 26, 2012 at 3:03 pm

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  1. […] is situated on high altitude, beyond 3000 meters (risk of altitude sickness). Honestly, I am concerned of altitude sickness. Health and lives are the most important. Though I […]

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