How to change recursive loop to non recursive loop

How to change recursive loop to non recursive loop

I want to find area of contiguous 5 (5-connected area) in two dimension array like this

00000000000000000

00000055555500000

00000055055000000

00000000005550000

00000000000000000

Contiguous area of number 5 = 13

I write FindAreaof5 function below and m_tempData(x,y) is data in this array (0 or 5)

I call FindAreaof5 function by this loop

code

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for (y=0; y< height; y++){

for (x=0; x< width; x++){

if (m_tempData(x,y) == 5){

InterestArea = FindAreaof5(x,y);

}

}

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////Below this is FindAreaof5 function//////

code

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long FindAreaof5(int x, int y)

{

long count ;

if (m_tempData(x,y)==0) return 0;

m_tempData(x,y) = 0;

count = 1 + FindAreaof5(x, y-1) + FindAreaof5(x+1, y-1)

+ FindAreaof5(x+1, y) + FindAreaof5(x+1, y+1)

+ FindAreaof5(x, y+1) +FindAreaof5(x-1, y+1)

+ FindAreaof5(x-1, y) + FindAreaof5(x-1, y-1);

return count;

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In the above example I can find FindAreaof5 = 13

If FindAreaof5 has small value ,it can find FindAreaof5.

But if FindAreaof5 has large value (more than 12000) , it show message box and tell me there is Stack Overflow error.

I want to know how to solve this problem. Someone suggest me to change recursive loop to non recursive or use blob coloring but I do not know how to do that. If you know how to solve my problem, please tell me. Thank you very much.