AMS can occur to any one travelling to altitude above 10,000 feet. Any one going above 10,000 feet is susceptible to AMS thought there are tremendous individual variations with some people being more susceptible while other may be more resistant.
The most common symptoms of AMS are : Headache, disturbed sleep, lassitude, Nausea, coughing , irregular breathing, breathlessness, lasstitude and lack of concentration. Since Leh is an altitude of 11,500 feet, it would only be prudent for you to take some sensible precautions so that your body can be properly acclimatized to the higher altitude and to the lower oxygen atmosphere.
You must take complete rest for 24 hours preferably for 36 hours after reaching Leh.
Avoid excessive sleep during day time
Avoid sleeping pills and alcohol.
Take adequate amount of fluid ( i.e 2-3 liters a day ) but don't take excessive fluid.
You can take table Acetazolamide ( Diamox ) 250 mg twice a day for 3 days to prevent mountain sickness.
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