Vail health column: The great altitude debate: Hydration versus oxygen

1st February, 2016 by

By Krista Driscoll

Visitors to the Vail Valley quite frequently confuse the symptoms of dehydration with those of high-altitude sickness, especially at 5,000 to 8,000 feet, where dehydration is responsible for far more illness than oxygen insufficiency. Never the less, when the symptoms of headache, fatigue, nausea, lightheadedness and muscle soreness set in, vacationers inundated with commercials for oxygen often rush to grab a can of oxygen or visit the emergency room requesting oxygen. The reality is that most often a suffering vacationer’s oxygen level has not fallen below normal. Typically, the oxygen does little to improve symptoms because what the body really …

Source:: Vail Daily Feed



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