Avoid heat-related illnesses during high temps

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POSTED: Saturday, August 3, 2013 - 4:40pm

UPDATED: Sunday, August 4, 2013 - 8:28am

As the weather is heating up in East Texas so is your body temperature.

"Some of the early symptoms might include a headache, dizziness, nausea, feeling weak," says Dr. Bill Wallace, Tyler Urgent Care.

Doctor Wallace tells KETK, don't ignore what your body is telling you because those are signs telling you that you need to cool down and get indoors.

Dr. Wallace says, the most common heat-related illnesses are heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heatstroke.

"You need to drink lots and lots of fluids, water and electrolytes especially if you're outside exercising and working," says Dr. Wallace.

The high temps and triple digit heat in East Texas is not keeping east Texans indoors.

"It happens every year, you can let hold you back, you just deal with it and wait for it to cool down," says Fester Coffee-Prose.

Jessie Aguilar of Tyler prefers to go for a jog in the shade before the hot temps peak.

"Honestly I don't like it at all, I wish it was around 70s or 80s," says Jessie Aguilar.

We're told and the humidity doesn't help it actually increases the risk of heat-related illnesses.

"We see a lot of people this time of year especially people who are not acclimated to this kind of heat and humidity," says Dr. Wallace.

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