If you are driving from Berkeley over the Sierra Nevada, or visiting any other site at high altitude--generally above 8000 feet--without acclimatizing, you may experience Altitude Sickness, also known as Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS).
SymptomsThe primary symptom of altitude sickness is headache. If you have a headache combined with any of the following symptoms while at altitude, you may have altitude sickness:
- Lack of appetite, nausea, or vomiting
- Fatigue or weakness
- Dizziness or light-headedness
Preventing Altitude SicknessTaking these steps can help to prevent altitude sickness:
- Stay hydrated! Drink plenty of water or Gatorade-type drinks. Go easy on the coffee as it is a diuretic.
- Eat many small meals with high potassium content, e.g., bananas.