Preventive measures for High Altitude Illness

Continued from previous post What is High Altitude Illness

  • Gradual ascent – Avoid going directly from low altitude to more than 9,000 ft (2,750 m) sleeping altitude in 1 day. Once above 9,000 ft (2,750 m), move no higher than 1,600 ft (500 m) per day, and plan an extra day for acclimatization every 3,300 ft (1,000 m).
  • Drink water frequently, as at times it might be just a dehydration
  • Participate in only mild exercise for the first 48 hours.
  • Avoid alcohol for the first 48 hours.
  • Acetazolamide prophylaxis – Routinely not recommended if  
    • No prior history of altitude illness and 
    • Ascending gradually (taking ≥2 days) to less than 9,000 ft (2,750 m) with 
    • Subsequent increases of less than 1,600 ft (500 m) per day, and
    • Planned extra day for acclimatization every 3,300 ft (1,000 m).

Dose of Acetazolamide: The pediatric dose is 5 mg/kg/day in 2 divided doses, up to 125 mg twice a day , available as 250 mg tablet (DIAMOX)*

Elevations of some common Hill- Stations in India

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