Altitude Sickness is a common condition amongst mountain climbers that climb to a high altitude too quickly. Common symptoms of altitude sickness normally occur above 2,500 metres above sea level. The higher you climb, the thinner the air becomes, your body can then have physiological & symptomatic reactions to low oxygen pressure. For many climbers the symptoms are mild and calm after a few days spent at altitude as their body adapts and adjusts. In some serious cases Acute Mountain Symptoms can occur which can soon become life threatening if treatment isn't sought.
The best way to prevent altitude sickness is to ensure you are properly acclimatised before moving on, it normally takes 24-48 hours for your body to overcome symptoms, if you start to ascend and feel symptoms you should revert back to the altitude you were last comfortable at ensure you are acclimatised before moving on again. It is uncommon that you would suffer from altitude sickness in the UK as the highest mountain, Ben Nevis, is only 1,345 metres above sea level, and altitude sickness normally occurs above 2,500 metres. There is prescription medicine available for altitude sickness, Acetazolamide (Diamox) which has the ability to acidify the blood increases ventilation of the lungs which in turn helps prevent altitude sickness from developing. Buy altitude sickness tablets online from Manor Pharmacy, all with Free UK delivery. For more information on altitude sickness, visit our Altitude Sickness information page.