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Alttitude sickness

panama city, florida
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Alttitude sickness

Any recommendations for alttitude sickness and even people with sinus problems. We will be coming from Florida and the alttitude change and cold weather raises some concern with being comfortable.

Albany, Georgia
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If you do a search on this forum you will find much info about altitude sickness. I personally had it the first year we went to Breck and wound up at the clinic and a $400 bill! My Dr. prescribes Diamox for me now before I go and I take it a couple days before I leave and I have been fine. I also drink a lot of water to stay hydrated.

Have fun!

Nederland, Colorado
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You probably won't have a problem if you stay hydrated and don't overdo it. My 85 year old mother visits from Florida and has never had problems.

But better safe than sorry! Besides doing a search on this forum (there have been several recent discussions) you might want to read the info on this website:


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We are from Florida as well and spent 1 week in Colorado last fall, we spent a night in Boulder before heading up to the higher altitudes. From there we headed to Estes Park, Steamboat, Breckenridge and Avon. We hiked a lot, and were pretty active at high elevations and none of us had any problems. My advice is stay hydrated, and stay lower the first day or two until you get used to the altitude. I will say we were fatigued easier than at sea level though, don't try to over do it.

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A couple of other tips to deal with the dry air: get some bottled "tears" (eye drops) to help with the dry sinus problem. My daughter puts vasaline in her nose when she goes to sleep (!!) to help with breathing. Drink lots of water, avoid alcohol and caffeine, take asprin, SUNSCREEN, moisturizer....

Most hotels and condos have humidifiers. Be sure to use them.

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You can also buy a saline nose spray that helps with the dry nose. As for altitude sickness...water water water. You are in a dry climate, high altitude, breathing dry air. Often, you are breathing thru your mouth because you are winded as a result of the altitude. My suggestions, use a water bottle so you know how much water you are drinking. Drink a minimum of 64 oz and more won't hurt. Start drinking water before you get here. No caffine or alcohol. Know the symptoms. Headache, dizzy or nausea are all signs. Don't keep pushing yourself, at the point you start to feel any of these symptoms you need to halt activities and start pushing water. As a local, I have personally experienced this because of my own stupidity (holiday rush, coffee, cold drinks, wine with dinner, more coffee the next morning and skiing, not good). It is amazing how easy it is to forget the water.

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