Understanding Altitude Illness and AMS

Whether you and your family are visiting the famous ski resorts located in Breckenridge, Copper Mountain, Keystone, Vail, Beaver Creek, Aspen, or Snowmass, CO or you're going on a Rocky Mountain exploration with friends, visiting an area at a higher elevation than what you're used to increases your risk of developing altitude illness or acute mountain sickness (AMS).

Altitude illness or AMS is a result of your body picking up less than 100% oxygenation. When rising in elevation, the atmospheric pressure decreases, causing the air to expand, resulting in thin air. Since the air is thinner, there is less oxygen per cubic foot, resulting in symptoms of altitude illness.

Symptoms of Altitude Illness

  • Shortness of breath
  • Headaches or migraines
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea
  • Fatigue

If you notice any of the above symptoms of altitude illness, it's important that you seek oxygen therapy immediately from AlpinAire Healthcare. Ignoring your symptoms could result in an emergency room visit for a high altitude pulmonary edema or a high altitude cerebral edema, both very serious illnesses.

Comprehensive Oxygen Treatment

At AlpinAire Healthcare, we offer personalized oxygen therapy treatments for those who are suffering from altitude illness or acute mountain sickness or for those who plan to visit higher elevations.

Simply using oxygen therapy provided by AlpinAire Healthcare when you first reach higher elevations in Breckenridge can prevent all symptoms of altitude illness from occurring. Get in touch with AlpinAire Healthcare by calling 970-453-8423 today with all your questions regarding the prevention and treatment of altitude illness or AMS.