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What is Altitude Sickness?

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Altitude sickness is usually described as a variety of nasty symptoms and can affecting anyone traveling to higher altitudes. Whether you have lived in the Rocky Mountains for your entire life or you are on day 1 of your vacation, when the right combination of circumstances hit, no one is immune.

What is Altitude Sickness?

The good news is that altitude sickness is usually self diagnosable. If you are displaying some of the symptoms below and are at high elevations, chances are you are suffering from altitude sickness. Symptoms tend to occur within hours after arrival to high altitude. Mild cases of altitude sickness usually resolve within one to three days, however severe cases may require oxygen, medications, and moving to a lower altitude.

  • headache

  • nausea

  • vomiting

  • shortness of breath

  • rapid breathing

  • inability to exercise

  • reduced performance and coordination

  • fatigue

  • loss of appetite

  • sleepiness or sleeping difficulty

Is my vacation ruined?

This is one of the first questions many of our clients ask. Most of the time, altitude sickness can be resolved with oxygen therapy without a doctors prescription, if you are able to self-diagnose and rent an oxygen tank.

Most people who visit Breckenridge in the winter are here to ski or snowboard, and it's no secret that altitude sickness effects athletic performance. Even if you are a conditioned athlete, altitude sickness will slow you down, reduce your coordination and cause fatigue as well as exercise intolerance. Oxygen therapy can help prevent these symptoms and get you back on the chair lift.


Oxygen therapy is a tried and true treatment for immediate alleviation of altitude sickness. The Oxygen Guys rent and provide Oxygen tanks to guests in Breckenridge, CO. Give us a call to reserve your today and make the most of your time in the mountains.

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