The cold, wind, and sun in the winter can do as much damage, or more,
than in the summer. Why? Because, number one is that we're not expecting
skin problems. It's cold, so we won't burn. Wrong! Skiers be especially
careful. The reflective power of the snow, the higher altitude, and the
thinner atmosphere combine to really multiply the effect of the sun. For
example, an unprotected average-complected person will start experiencing
a sunburn after only 6 minutes during a clear noon at the 11,000-ft. top
of your favorite ski resort--compared to 14 minutes in sunny Orlando.
What you can do to protect your skin
Wear protective clothing.
Avoid the strongest midday
Wear sunscreen 30 SPF
or higher.Put it on every portion of skin that is not covered by clothing,
including bald spots, part lines, under the chin, and on the ears. Better
yet, wear a hat. Reapply sunscreen at least once during the day; more
often if you are sweating.
Apply lipbalm with sunscreen
several times during the day.
Wear goggles or wrap-around
Drink more water--much more--even more than you think you should.
chances of getting High Altitude Syndrome
|A few years ago I had the
experience of being hospitalized one day in Aspen Hospital for a broken
bone. In the bed next to me was a man with high altitude pulmonary
edema--a very serious problem. Fortunately, that man recovered, but
every year a few people die of high altitude related illness. At high
altitudes, everyone is affected in some degree. The effects vary from
individual to individual and cover a variety of symptoms, the worst
of which is pulmonary edema. The sudden change in altitude can produce
symptoms of nausea, headache shortness of breath, cough, rapid heart
beat, easy fatigue, and intolerance to exertion.
other words, give your body time to adjust to the new altitude.
Don't overdo the first few days.
Arrive in shape for the activity you have planned. (Although even
persons "in shape" can get high altitude syndrome)
Eat lightly the first 2 days and especially avoid heavy alcohol.
Drink lots of water. Drink whenever you can, and more than you think
you can. Prehydrate before you activity, carry a water bottle with
you to hydrate during your activity, and rehydrate after your activity.
Any fluids, other than water, are in addition to the necessary water
intake. Read this again. I cannot emphasize this enough.
If symptoms are severe or unimproved, or if there is any question,
then seek immediate medical attention.
Acetazolamide has been shown to reduce the incidence of high altitude
syndrome when administered as a prophylactic. It can be used where
rapid ascent is unavoidable or for individuals with a history of
altitude illness. It is not a substitute for other measures to minimize
high altitude syndrome though. Check with your doctor to see if
you're a candidate.