WILMINGTON -- Southeast North Carolina was under a heat advisory until six p.m. Monday. Experts say 175 people die from heat-related illnesses each year. With our area under a heat advisory, people need to take extra precaution. How do you keep your body temperature down when mercury is on the rise? The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration offers these tips: avoid strenuous outdoor activity, wear light colored lightweight clothes, eat less proteins Experts say proteins absorb more water. You should drink plenty of water and spend time in air-conditioned areas. If you are exposed to too much sun, you increase your risk of getting a heat disorder. One common heat related condition is heat cramps: a painful muscle spasm that can be treated with firm pressure to the affected muscles. Another common condition is heat exhaustion which can include severe symptoms such as fainting and vomiting. Experts say you can help alleviate the symptoms of heat exhaustion by loosening clothes and applying wet cloths. One of the more severe heat related disorders is heat stroke. Symptoms include a temperature of 106 degrees or higher and a rapid pulse. Doctors say even if you're inclined to drink water don't. Seek medical attention immediately. Experts say the elderly and infants are most susceptible to heat-related illnesses. Also, if you have pets, experts say to make sure you provide them with shade and lots of water if they stay outside.
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