Altitude sickness is a real problem for visitors to Colorado. So you must know the signs to help you adjust as quickly as possible.
It can affect anyone, at any age or gender. It appears when visitors travel from a lower elevation to a high one quickly.
Our local police and fire departments are kept busy during the summer tourist season with cases of the sickness.
It can be dangerous if you tend to ignore the signs. Trust me, if you are not use to high elevations, you will have it in one form or another.
The symptoms to look out for are:
Dizziness or being light headed
You may not experience symptoms until the day after you arrive. Most symptoms are mild. You can combat it with rest, drinking lots of fluids, preferably water and avoid alcohol. HYDRATE!
If you are having severe symptoms, please see a doctor or go to an ER immediately.
When my husband and I first moved to Colorado, we experienced the problem for about 6 months before we acclimated.
Basically, we went from sea level to 9,000 feet in a week. We followed the advice of our doctor and even though it took months, we soon were able to handle the elevation.
I'm giving you this heads up because over the years we have seen many visitors suffer from the high altitude.
Also, those travelers who have respiratory or heart problems should avoid higher elevations for their own safety.
If your doctor says it is ok to visit a higher altitude, make sure you have oxygen and hydrate regularly.
Please make sure you combat the symptoms as soon as possible and enjoy your stay in our beautiful state.
A little joke we say up here: Got Oxygen?