Your Questions and Answers About Altitude Sickness and Supplemental Oxygen
What are the Symptoms of Altitude sickness?
- Shortness of breath
- Heart irregularity
- Loss of appetite
- Nausea, vomiting
Do I need a prescription for your services?
No prescription is required
Do you provide medications for Altitude sickness?
You need to contact a medical professional for medications.
Dexamethasone-Long term side effects include Thrush, bone loss, muscle weakness, easy bruising.
Nifedipine or Adalat- Side effects include lightheadedness, headache, tired, leg swelling and shortness of breath.
Can more than one person use a machine at a time?
Yes. Oxygen concentrators can have 2 people connected at one time
Does supplemental oxygen actually work?
Yes. After working with hundreds of people who have come up to altitude I have seen it save many vacations, weddings, ski trips and meetings!
How long does it take for me to feel the effects of an oxygen concentrator?
It varies with each person but people will generally feel better within minutes of using our equipment.
What are some of the things I can do to prevent altitude sickness?
- Use an oxygen concentrator to help acclimate
- Ascend into higher altitude slowly. If you are flying into Colorado if you can take one night to sleep at a lower elevation before ascending this is ideal.
- Avoid alcohol for the first 24 -48 hours when you arrive
- Increasing your intake of water.
Can I smoke while using the machine?
No. It is dangerous for anyone to smoke near the machine. It is good to have a designated room for oxygen seperate from your “smoking” area…
What is AMS?
AMS is Acute mountain sickness. It is the most common altitude sickness affecting up to 50% of all people who live at lower altitudes.
- Symptoms include Loss of appetite, Nausea, vomiting, dizziness, sleeplessness and headaches.
- Oxygen concentrators will help relieve all symptoms so that you can enjoy your stay at high altitude.
What is HACE and HAPE?
HACE is High altitude cerebral Edema or a swelling of the brain
- Symptoms include exhaustion, drowsiness, acting drunk.
- HAPE is High altitude pulmonary edema.
- Symptoms include coughing, breathlessness, coughing up pink froth. These generally occur 2 to 4 days after arriving at high altitude.
- It is recommended to see a medical professional if you have these symptoms and suspect you have either of these conditions.
Do you accept insurance, Medicaid or Medicare?
Oxygen delivers is not a medical provider. We are happy to provide a phone number of physicians in the area if you are in need of prescriptions or to refill medical grade o2 tanks.