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Altitude Sickness Information

Acute mountain sickness (AMS) can strike anyone visiting higher elevations in a moments notice. Imagine just arriving in Colorado with your friends and family for the vacation you've been looking forward to all year. You arrive at your hotel, and begin unpacking your belongings. Suddenly, you begin to feel a little sick. You ignore it, and continue on. As the day progresses you feel even worse, and are forced to return to your room, and into bed. Your vacation is ruined, and you feel terrible!

Situations like the one described above are far more common than people are led to believe. You're probably wondering what causes this sickness, and what you can do to prevent it from happening to yourself.

We explore these questions below, and offer the answers you need to fully enjoy your Colorado experience.

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Altitude sickness is a pathological effect of high altitude that is caused by low amounts of oxygen within the air. The percentage of oxygen within the air itself doesn't change, but the concentration does. You can blame the barometric pressure for causing this fact. Since most people live at elevations of 1,500 feet and below, you can understand the shock your body must go through while trying to adjust to the much higher elevation levels. Your breathing rate has to increase to supply your body with the proper oxygen it needs, and other side effects begin taking place as well.

In extreme cases, altitude sickness can become fatal. Fluids can begin leaking from your capillaries, and cause a buildup in your lungs or brain. These two conditions are known as "HACE" and "HAPE" They are both very dangerous, and have been known to lead to death in certain cases. Keep in mind that these occurences are rare, and can be entirely prevented with an oxygen rental.

As you arrive in Colorado, you're going to experience some sort of effect caused by the higher elevations no matter what health you're in. The base areas for most of the ski resorts are between 7,500 and 10,000 feet in elevation, and they only increase while going up the mountains to ski or snowboard. At around 8,000 feet is where people commonly suffer from the symptoms associated with altitude illness, so you can understand why you need to take precautions as soon as you arrive.

If you begin feeling sick for no apparent reason, you are most likely suffering from altitude sickness. Some of the symptoms associated with this sickness are headaches, nausea, fatigue, and loss of appetite. You'll feel like you just came down with the flu, and may we remind you, it is not a pleasant feeling to go through. There are only two proven ways to combat these symptoms. One is to go back down in elevation, and obviously you're not going to want to leave Colorado the day you get there so this likely isn't a viable option for many. The second way to combat, and prevent these symptoms from occurring in the first place is oxygen.

Rent Oxygen provides you with everything you need to stop acute mountain sickness from happening to you and your family. From the moment you arrive in town, we can set up your room with the equipment you need to replenish your oxygen levels at all times. Whenever you're feeling down, simply place the easy to use attachment over your nose, and breath in fresh oxygen. We recommend wearing the oxygen while you sleep so that your body acclimates itself properly to the environment, and you can spend your days having fun enjoying yourself.

Don't risk your vacation time this year dealing with an illness that can be prevented. Contact Rent Oxygen today, and fill out our easy to use form to set up a delivery today. We're always there for you when you need us the most! Ensure a pleasant stay this year in Colorado with Rent Oxygen by your side.

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