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Avoiding heat related illnesses

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JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - If you found yourself running from one air conditioned space to another Tuesday, you're not alone. Mississippi remains under a heat advisory until Wednesday.

Temperatures hovered just above 100 degrees.

Physicians say it's important to protect your health in this weather.

There are several things to look out for to prevent overheating.

Dizziness, nausea, vision problems and headaches are all signs your time in the heat has been too long.

It's also a good idea to monitor your sweat. If you stop sweating, that's a sign that your body is possibly dehydrated.

Numerous people were out exercising at the hottest point of the day. Many said they limit their time outside and always bring along water.

Dr. Stanley Hartness of Baptist Medical Center said, "You do not have to exert yourself it is very easy to overheat and that's the problem, people do it without even realizing they have done it."

Not paying attention to the heat exhaustion warning signs could cause serious health problems.

Doctors say stroke, heart attacks and severe muscle damage could occur.

Anyone who feels the fatigue from the heat is encouraged to get inside immediately and begin drinking water. Non-alcoholic and non-carbonated drinks are preferred.

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