Acute Mountain Sickness
About Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS), it normally a slight reaction will take place for sure especially for the travelers who come to Tibet for the first time. AMS represents the body's intolerance of the hypoxic (low oxygen) environment at one's current elevation. the typical symptoms would appear on the facets like headache, dizzy, feels of to be disgusted, vomit and etc, but if only do you follow the necessary instructions from our tour guide and everything should be okay. And the major cause of AMS is going too high too fast. Given time, your body can adapt to the decrease in Oxygen molecules at a specific altitude. This process is known as acclimatization and generally takes 1-3 days at that altitude. And when acclimatization lags significantly behind ascent, various symptoms occur. To prevent of the Altitude Illness, the most important thing is you can’t over-exert yourself or move higher for the first 24 hours and you’d better not to take any activities for the first day in Tibet. Normally you will regain normal sense on the second day upon your arrival. That's why we do not arrange any activities for our guest the first day upon their arrival. It’s our responsibility to guarantee to your safety.
There' re also some other tips to avoid AMS:
· Do exercises to keep you fit before coming to Tibet.
· Avoid catching a cold before you entry to Tibet.
· Make sure you have a good sleep the night before you flying to Lhasa.
· After getting off your airplane in the airport, walk slowly, take some deep breath. Do not do anything severely.
· Ascend to higher altitude gradually. DO NOT ASCEND ANY HIGHER if you feel bad.
· Prepare some AMS pills according to your doctor's suggestion.
Medicine to bring
Following is a list of items you should consider including in your medical kit - consult your pharmacist for brands available in your country.
· Aspirin or paracetamol - for pain or fever
· Antihistamine - for allergies, e.g. hay fever; to ease the itch from insect bites or stings; and to prevent motion sickness.
· Antibiotics consider including these if you're traveling well off the beaten track' see your doctor, as they must be prescribed, and carry the prescription with you.
· Loperamides or Diphenoxylate 'blockers' for diarrhea' Prochlorperazine or metaclopramide for nausea and vomiting.
· Rehydration mixture to prevent dehydration, eg due to severe diarrhea; particularly important when traveling with children.
· Insect repellent, sunscreen, lip balm and eye drops.
· Calamine lotion, sting relief spray or aloe vera-to ease irritation from sunburn and insect bites or stings.
· Antifungal cream or powder - for fungal skin infections and thrush.
· Antiseptic, such as povidone-iodine for cuts and grazes.
· Bandages, band-aids or plasters and other would dressings.
· Scissors, tweezers and a thermometer (note that mercury thermometers are prohibited by airlines)
· Syringes and needles in case you need injections in a country with medical hygiene problems. Ask your doctor for a note explaining why you have them.
· Cold and Flu tablets, throat lozenges and nasal decongestant.
· Multivitamines - consider for long trips, when dietary vitamin intake may be inadequate.