Paramount Urgent Care

Paramount Urgent Care is the leading provider of urgent care medical services. We have 4 convenient locations in The Villages, Orlando, Clermont and Oviedo.

Things You Should Never Do for a Burn Injury

Minor burns can usually be treated at home, but moderately severe burns require a trip to an urgent care center. In the meantime, what you don’t do can be just as important as what you do. For instance, if the burn is an open wound, do not run water over it, as this introduces bacteria to the wound. If the skin is still intact, you can use cool water, but never use ice water or ice. Temperatures that are too cold can damage the tissue even more.

There is a widespread belief that people should apply butter to a burn. But in fact, this can contribute to infections. Plus, the urgent care doctor will have to remove the grease before treating the wound. Sometimes, a small blister forms over a burn injury. Never try to pop the blister, as this increases the risk of infections. Instead, protect the area with a bandage or as directed by your doctor.

Burn care is one of the many medical services available near Orlando at Paramount Urgent Care. For more information, please visit

Surprising Causes of Nausea and Vomiting

That feeling of queasiness in your stomach is never a welcome surprise, but it doesn’t always mean that you’re getting sick. Beyond food poisoning and stomach flu, there are plenty of other causes of nausea and vomiting. Visit an urgent care center if your vomiting persists and you can’t keep fluids down, since this can easily lead to dehydration. However, if you have nausea and vomiting that appears to be unexplainable, a physical exam may be in order.

Emotional Stress

People with anxiety disorders, especially those who suffer from panic attacks, understand all too well that emotional stress causes physical symptoms. One of those symptoms can be nausea, which may occur with or without vomiting. Anxiety triggers the release of hormones, including adrenaline, which interferes with the normal functioning of the digestive system. Stress can also lead to muscle tension, which may affect the abdominal area.

Acid Reflux

People with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) routinely experience acid reflux, especially if they aren’t receiving treatment for it. The stomach and esophagus are separated by the lower esophageal sphincter (LES). Normally, this muscular tissue closes after you consume food or beverages. If the LES fails to work as it should, the stomach acid can re-enter the esophagus and travel upward. Some people experience this as nausea, and they may begin vomiting.


Have you ever felt as if the room is spinning around you while you remain perfectly still? This unnerving sensation is called vertigo. It can be caused by inflammation in the inner ear. Some people experience repeated episodes of vertigo after suffering from head trauma. When an episode begins, it can feel as if you’re suddenly tilting or falling forward, even though you aren’t moving at all. These odd sensations can result in nausea and sometimes vomiting. It’s advisable to see a doctor to figure out what’s causing your vertigo. In the meantime, when an episode begins, you may find it helpful to:

  • Keep your head level and stare straight ahead.
  • Grab on to something, even though you aren’t moving.
  • Sit straight down on the floor if you think you might lose your balance and fall.

Prompt and courteous medical care near Orlando is available at Paramount Urgent Care. At our walk-in clinics, it’s our mission to help you feel well again quickly so you can get back to doing the things you love. For more information, please visit

Can Chicken Soup Really Help with the Flu?

The best way to deal with the flu is not to get it at all. A flu shot is the most effective method of prevention, along with washing your hands frequently. If you do get sick, and you’re at a high risk of severe flu complications, you can visit a walk-in clinic to ask about antiviral medications. Otherwise, stay at home, get plenty of rest, and enjoy some steaming hot chicken soup.

When you watch the accompanying video, you’ll hear about the science behind the benefits of chicken soup. The hot, steaming broth eases congestion and makes the mucus flow, which aids in the removal of the flu virus from your nasal passages. The broth is also helpful for preventing dehydration, which is more likely to develop in patients with the flu. Plus, the chicken gives your body some protein, which supports your immune system.

If you’re suffering from severe flu symptoms and live near Orlando, you can put your trust in Paramount Urgent Care. For more information, please visit

The Whys and Hows of Cholesterol Testing

Do you know your cholesterol numbers? Most Americans don’t, yet millions of adults either have heart disease or are at risk of it. The next time you go to the clinic for an annual physical exam, ask your doctor about getting your cholesterol tested. High cholesterol doesn’t cause any symptoms, so you can have the test even if you feel healthy overall. If you do have abnormal cholesterol levels, your physician can get you started on a treatment plan to help you live a long, healthy life.

Why Cholesterol Tests Are Important

Many people avoid going to the doctor’s office unless they feel sick or sustain an injury. But with preventive healthcare, many serious health problems can be avoided, or detected early and treated effectively. Cholesterol tests are a simple way to get to know your own body better, and the results can guide you as you make lifestyle decisions. People who have high cholesterol and don’t realize it aren’t getting the medical help they need to reduce their risk of these complications:

  • Heart attack
  • Stroke
  • Angina
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • Peripheral vascular disease

Who Needs Cholesterol Tests

Most heart disease experts recommend getting your cholesterol checked every five years, starting at the age of 18. However, your doctor may recommend more frequent testing if you’re at a high risk. Risk factors include the following:

  • Overweight or obesity
  • Tobacco use
  • Family history of heart attacks or high cholesterol
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • High-fat diet

Men over age 45 and women over age 55 are automatically presumed to be at a higher risk too. Children between the ages of nine and 11 should have a cholesterol test. This health screening isn’t recommended for children ages 12 through 16, since hormonal changes associated with puberty can interfere with the results.

How the Test Is Performed

Cholesterol levels are evaluated with a blood sample. Some cholesterol tests require no preparation, while others require patients to consume nothing but water for a period of time beforehand. If you’re nervous about needles, tell the technician. He or she will have experience helping patients with anxiety get through a blood draw.

Routine physical exams are always available at Paramount Urgent Care, and we can perform blood tests, including cholesterol checks. Our five walk-in clinics around the Orlando area are open seven days per week. For more information, please visit

Why You Should Have Your Cholesterol Checked

Abnormal cholesterol levels can increase your risk of heart disease, peripheral artery disease (PAD), and stroke. It’s not uncommon for people to have high cholesterol levels without realizing it, since there aren’t usually any signs or symptoms associated with this health problem. This is why your family medicine provider may recommend that you include a cholesterol screening as part of your annual physical exam.

Your specific health screening recommendations depend on your age and risk factors, which include your family and personal medical history. Some doctors recommend cholesterol tests for all individuals starting at age 20. You won’t necessarily have to get it checked every year. If you’re at average risk, you may only need a test every four to six years. However, your doctor may recommend more frequent testing if you’re at a high risk of high cholesterol, or if you’re already receiving treatment for it.

You’ll find exceptional medical care in Orlando at Paramount Urgent Care, including preventive healthcare like cholesterol screenings. For more information, please visit

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