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

Is It a Fracture or a Sprain?

Sprains are injuries of the ligaments, whereas fractures are breaks in the bone. Unless you see signs of obvious disfigurement, which indicates a fracture, it isn’t possible to definitively determine whether you have a sprain or a fracture. Go to a walk-in clinic for an accurate diagnosis, which might require an X-ray. In the meantime, keep weight off the affected area and apply an ice pack for pain relief.

Watch this video to hear more about the differences between sprains and fractures. This healthcare provider explains how fractures can cause further damage if they aren’t treated. She also explains some of the more serious symptoms to watch out for, such as numbness and tingling.

When you need high-quality urgent care in the Orlando area, you can put your trust in Paramount Urgent Care. Please visit www.paramounturgentcare.com to see our walk-in clinic locations near you.

Do I Need Stitches? (And Other FAQs)

Minor scrapes rarely require a trip to a walk-in clinic, unless an infection develops. But if you sustain a laceration that won’t stop bleeding, you probably need stitches. Stitches, or sutures, hold the edges of the wound together to stop the bleeding and facilitate healing. The urgent care doctor can answer any questions you have about sutures, including the following:

Do I need stitches?

Applying direct pressure to a wound should stop the bleeding within 20 minutes or so. If the bleeding doesn’t stop, you might need stitches. Other indicators that sutures are needed include:

  • The area is numb
  • The wound is on the face
  • The wound is jagged
  • The body part doesn’t function normally

What do stitches feel like?

You shouldn’t feel any pain when you receive stitches. The doctor will thoroughly numb the area first, and you’ll feel a pinch from the needle used to inject the anesthetic. After that, you should only feel a slight tugging sensation as the sutures are placed.

How are sutures placed?

Contrary to popular belief, doctors do not apply stitches in an unbroken line. Each stitch is placed individually. This way, if one suture becomes looser or tighter, it won’t affect any of the others. Don’t cut the ends of the stitches, as these are used to remove the stitches later.

Can a sutured wound still get infected?

Yes. Germs are microscopic and can pass through the smallest of cuts in the skin. Follow your doctor’s instructions for cleaning the wound. You’ll likely be asked to wash it gently twice per day, apply antibiotic ointment, and put on a fresh dressing. Avoid saturating the wound with water. You may shower, but pat the wound dry right afterward and replace the bandage.

How long will the stitches stay in?

It depends on the laceration, but sutures are usually left in place for a few days up to a couple of weeks. The removal of stitches doesn’t hurt—you won’t even need a local anesthetic.

Paramount Urgent Care is a leading destination for high-quality, compassionate medical care in Orlando. Our four locations treat all types of non-life-threatening, acute injuries and illnesses—from lacerations to food poisoning. Visit www.paramounturgentcare.com for more information.

Unusual Signs of Asthma

Asthma is often considered to be a child’s disease, but it can actually develop in adults, too. In fact, many adults don’t realize they have a chronic respiratory disease because asthma doesn’t always follow the same pattern of symptoms. Some adults may not experience the wheezing or shortness of breath that is characteristic of asthma in kids. This is one reason why it’s important to schedule an annual physical exam, even if you feel fairly healthy.

During your exam, let your doctor know about any unusual issues you’ve been experiencing, such as a persistent cough or problems sleeping. Some people with asthma suffer from chest pain or tightness, indigestion, and excessive fatigue or exercise intolerance. Rapid breathing, frequent sighing, and anxiety are other possible characteristics of adult-onset asthma.

If you have asthma, you can find the patient-focused care you deserve at Paramount Urgent Care. For more information, please visit www.paramounturgentcare.com.

Know the Risks of Foodborne Illnesses

Foodborne illnesses are incredibly common in the U.S., despite the country’s modern food supply. Millions of Americans get infected with these diseases each year, and several thousand die from them. Paying attention to food safety is important for every family, since anyone could be affected. If you do develop possible symptoms of a foodborne illness, it’s time to visit an urgent care clinic.

Types of Infections

There are over 250 foodborne illnesses that can affect humans. These are caused by bacteria, viruses, and parasites. Some of the most common infections transmitted by unsafe food are:

  • Salmonella
  • Norovirus
  • E. coli
  • Listeria
  • Campylobacter
  • Clostridium perfringens

Any food could potentially become contaminated with germs or parasites, but there are some that are more often culprits of outbreaks, such as the following animal products.

  • Unpasteurized milk
  • Shellfish
  • Meat and poultry
  • Eggs

Compounding the problem is the fact that just one hamburger patty can contain fragments of beef from dozens or even hundreds of animals. These products can become contaminated before, during, or after processing. Animal products aren’t the only type of food that can transmit infections. Raw vegetables and fruits can also cause foodborne illnesses, especially if they were processed in an unsanitary way or grown with fresh manure used as fertilizer.

Symptoms of Foodborne Illnesses

Since there are so many different foodborne illnesses, the symptoms can vary widely. Urgent care doctors who treat these patients most often take note of digestive issues like diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, and abdominal cramps. Other possible symptoms include:

  • Fever
  • Bloody diarrhea
  • Fatigue
  • Joint and backaches
  • Flatulence
  • Bloating
  • Loss of appetite

Steps to Prevent Infection

It’s tricky to protect your family from things you can’t see, and contaminated foods look and smell the same as safe foods. When dining out, choose restaurants that receive high grades in sanitation from health inspectors. Wash your hands before preparing food and eating, and wash your hands while preparing food, especially if you touch raw meat. Cook meat to a safe internal temperature, which you can check with a meat thermometer.

If you’re experiencing digestive issues, you can find the rapid medical care you need at Paramount Urgent Care. Our five locations are fully staffed by dedicated urgent care providers who genuinely care about our patients’ well-being. You can visit www.paramounturgentcare.com for more information.

Quick Tips for Cholesterol Management

If you’re at least 20 years old, it’s a good idea to have a cholesterol screening during your physical exam. Doctors generally recommend that adults have this screening test every five years. Understanding your cholesterol levels is the first step toward managing them effectively. When you watch this video, you’ll hear about the basics of cholesterol management.

It covers nutritional topics, such as increasing your intake of fiber-rich vegetables, and eating nuts to get healthy fats. Exercise is also crucial for cholesterol management, as it helps raise good cholesterol and lower bad cholesterol. For many people, lifestyle changes are sufficient, but some may be prescribed cholesterol management medications to use in addition to a healthy lifestyle.

High-quality family medicine services are available at the walk-in clinics of Paramount Urgent Care. For more information, please visit www.paramounturgentcare.com.

Hours of Business

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