Dangerous temperatures cause heat advisory

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT)- The temperatures in Arkansas, right now, are considered dangerous!

So dangerous the National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat warning for most of the state.

Dr. Len Kemp with the Paragould Doctor's Clinic says people need to be aware of the dangers and take precautions, "The best thing to do is avoid the heat if at all possible, stay indoors under air conditioning. If you have to be outdoors, pace yourself. Don't stay out in the heat for an extended period of time. Try to limit your exposure to forty-five minutes or an hour. Go get in a shady cool place for fifteen minutes."

Dr. Kemp says people need to also be aware of the differences between heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

"Heat stroke is much worse. Heat exhaustion is an early phase of that when your out in the heat working and your sweating and get weak, light headed, clammy like your about to faint or pass out. Sometimes before that you'll have muscle cramps, like your leg muscles or calve muscles will cramp up. Severe charlie horses.  With a heat stroke, you actually won't be sweating.  Your skin may be red, but will be dry.  This is because the mechanism in your body that allows you to cool yourself off by sweating is no longer working.  This makes a heat stroke even more dangerous than heat exhaustion."

People need to be aware of what measures to take to replenish your body.

For instance, Dr. Kemp says salt tablets definitely won't do it!

"Some people have advocated taking salt tablets. I would not recommend that at all. The type of fluids to drink would be just plain water or alternating a bottle of water with a bottle of Gatorade. But do not take salt tablets. Years ago they would give out salt tablets, but do not do that now.  People used to think when they sweat they loose a lot of salt, so you give them a salt tablet to replace what they've lost in their sweat. But this actually makes matters worse."

Dr. Kemp says fluids and shade are the best possible solutions.

Drink plenty of water or alternate between a sports drink, like Gatorade, and water.

Always be aware of your body's condition and others.

It will warn you when your getting into trouble!

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