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Altitude sickness

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Causes:

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

overexertion.

dehydration.

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

Symptoms:

headache

nausea

shortness of breath

Solutions:

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).

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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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