You are traveling to Cusco. And it is necessary that you know that it is the altitude sickness, the soroche or the apunamiento. What are your symptoms, what to do to prevent it.
Because Cusco is 3,399 meters above sea level and Machu Picchu at 2530 meters above sea level.
All those who already traveled, warn you about the soroche or the altitude sickness.
You do not have a single idea of what it is ... or that it had so many synonyms ...
But that's what we are for. To help you decipher ... what is altitude sickness? How to fight the soroche? How to prevent altitude sickness?
Altitude sickness is included in a group of diseases related to height, such as pulmonary edema and high altitude cerebral edema.
Altitude sickness or mountain sickness, acute mountain sickness, soroche, apunamiento, páramo disease is a set of nonspecific symptoms that occur at altitudes higher than 2500 m in unaccustomed individuals, with a habitual delay of 4-12 h after of arrival at a new altitude.
They tend to be more pronounced after the first night spent at a new altitude and resolve spontaneously when appropriate measures are taken.
Additional symptoms are:
Progression of symptoms, including nausea and headache that do not respond to first-line antiemetics and analgesics, and increased fatigue may indicate progression to more severe forms, such as cerebral edema or acute pulmonary edema, both entities that endanger life.
Serious forms of diseases related to height
Acute pulmonary edema includes symptoms of shortness of breath at rest, persistent cough, intolerance to exercise, and possibly the production of pink foamy sputum.
High altitude cerebral edema is defined as the presence of symptoms of altitude sickness with difficulty walking, confused or drowsy mental state or severe lethargy.
If you notice any of these last symptoms in you or in any of the members that accompany you, the most important thing is to stop and evaluate your situation.
Descending to a lower altitude is the first priority when the disease of high altitude appears.
To our fate, physiologists investigating body changes have studied for decades reliable strategies to prevent altitude sickness.
However, we must bear in mind that certain people who could have a good experience at a certain height, may present symptoms at another time, at a similar height. We do not know why, but it is good to take it into account.
So if you plan to travel to a place with a certain height, it is better to take general health precautions that will reduce your chances of experiencing any symptoms related to diseases of altitude sickness.
Let's see then, which are:
BEFORE THE TRIP
DURING THE TRIP
There is a large amount of medication that can be used in the prevention of altitude sickness disease. However, pharmacological prophylaxis is not necessary in all high altitude travelers, but must be initiated on the basis of an assessment of the risk of the disease associated with height, the characteristics of the planned ascent, such as the height of advanced work , the number of planned rest days, etc.
Sorojchi pills: More than one person who is already traveling, will recommend them. And once in Peru, you will see its advertising in more than one place. According to the company's website, these pills are made to PREVENT and TRY. The symptoms of altitude sickness. It is composed of Aspirin (Acetylsalicylic Acid 325 mg) salpfen and a little caffeine. It is recommended to take an hour before reaching high places, and continue taking one capsule every eight hours during the stay in those places.
Are there any natural pharmacological measures available to combat it?