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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