Urgent Care & Walk-In Clinic for Altitude Sickness Prevention & Treatment in Centennial, CO
The low oxygen levels found at high altitudes can cause problems for travelers who are going to destinations higher than 8,000 feet above sea level like Colorado. The best way to avoid getting sick is to ascend gradually, but if you have to ascend quickly, medicines are available for altitude illness prevention and treatment in Centennial, CO at American Family Care (AFC) Urgent Care and walk-in clinic. We are open 7 days a week from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm Monday through Friday and 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Saturday and Sunday. Just walk in or make an appointment. Our physicians are here to help you feel better fast. We accept most insurance plans and offer a self-pay discounted option for those with no insurance. If you plan to travel to a higher altitude and sleep there, it is best to ascend gradually. But sometimes your itinerary may not allow gradual ascent. If this is the case, you should be familiar with the symptoms of altitude illness so that you can take steps to prevent it from becoming more severe.
- The symptoms of altitude illness are similar to those of a hangover: headache, feeling tired, lack of appetite, nausea, and vomiting. Children who cannot yet talk may just seem fussy. Medicines are available to shorten the time it takes to get used to high altitude. However, people with altitude illness should not continue to ascend until they have gotten used to the altitude. Critically, a person whose symptoms are getting worse while resting at the same altitude must descend or risk serious illness or death.
- One severe consequence of altitude illness is swelling of the brain (high-altitude cerebral edema [HACE]). Symptoms include extreme fatigue, drowsiness, confusion, and loss of coordination. HACE is rare, but it can be fatal. If it develops, the person must immediately descend to a lower altitude.
- Swelling of the lungs (high-altitude pulmonary edema [HAPE]) is another severe consequence of altitude illness. Symptoms include being out of breath, weakness, and cough. A person with HAPE should also descend and may need oxygen.
Many high-altitude destinations are remote and lack access to medical care, so visit American Family Care (AFC) to get advice on preventing altitude illness so you don’t get sick and need emergency treatment. If you or someone you know show symptoms of altitude illness, walk in American Family Care (AFC) Urgent Care right away to see a doctor for altitude illness treatment near Centennial, Englewood and Denver, CO.