• A Quick Look at Tetanus Shots

    When was the last time you had a tetanus shot? If you can’t remember, or if you know it’s been some years, you won’t want to put off getting a tetanus booster. 

    This video will show you the reasons why tetanus shots are important and why you need ongoing protection from tetanus. You may be exposed to tetanus through a variety of common sources, such as rusted metal, soil, or dust. If you have an open cut on your skin, tetanus spores can infiltrate and cause severe symptoms, including lockjaw.  

    If you’re due for a tetanus shot or you’ve just been injured and are worried about your tetanus risk, visit Paramount Urgent Care. You don’t need an appointment at our Orlando-area clinics, and you can find care for the whole family.  

    Serving all of Orlando, Lake, Polk, Sumter, Osceola, and Seminole Counties. Please visit our website for a location near you paramounturgentcare.com or call (352) 674-9218. 

  • Which Tests May Be Part of an Annual Physical?

    Routine physicals are important for your health. Even when you feel healthy and well, having a physical is essential for identifying early signs of potentially serious conditions and ensuring that your health is on track for the future. What happens during your physical will depend on your age, gender, personal health history, and family history, but there are some basic types of tests you can almost always expect.  

    Visual and Physical Exams 

    During a physical, your doctor will look for visual abnormalities by examining the head, chest, and abdomen as well as by observing how you move and speak. The doctor or nurse may also check vital signs, and the doctor may feel for abnormalities in certain parts of the body, such as the abdomen. Women can also expect to have a pelvic exam, which may include a pap smear, while men can expect to have a testicular exam and prostate cancer screening during routine physicals.  

    It’s also likely that you will spend some time talking to your doctor about any new or existing health concerns and recommended preventive screenings. Effectively communicating with your primary physician about your health is one way to ensure the highest quality of care.  

    Laboratory Tests  

    A lab visit is often scheduled after a physical to take a complete blood count and screen for high cholesterol, diabetes and pre-diabetes, and hormonal abnormalities. Laboratory testing may also include STD screening, which may be performed via blood test, urine test, or both, depending on your specific risk factors. If abnormalities do show up in your lab work, you may need to schedule a follow-up visit with your doctor. Otherwise, your results will be discussed over the phone or delivered by mail.  

    If you are due for your annual physical, you can find exceptional care with Paramount Urgent Care. Serving all of Orlando, Lake, Polk, Sumter, Osceola, and Seminole Counties. Please visit our website for a location near you paramounturgentcare.com or call (352) 674-9218. 

  • Who Should Get a Flu Shot?

    Walk-in clinics begin offering the flu shot before flu season begins. This is the ideal time to get vaccinated, since it takes about two weeks for protective antibodies to build up in your body. During the first two weeks after you get the shot, you aren’t fully protected and may still get the flu. However, even if you’ve waited to get the shot, it’s still beneficial to get vaccinated any time during flu season. 

    Who Should Get the Shot 

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) strongly recommends that everyone age six months and older get a flu shot every season, barring any contraindications. Getting an annual flu shot protects yourself from serious symptoms and complications of the flu, which may become life-threatening. Some flu-related complications include: 

    • Pneumonia 
    • Bronchitis 
    • Dehydration 
    • Ear infections 
    • Sinus infections 
    • Heart problems 
    • Muscle inflammation 

    The flu can also worsen pre-existing health conditions, such as diabetes, asthma, and congestive heart failure. Certain people are more susceptible to flu complications than others, including: 

    • Babies and young children 
    • Elderly individuals 
    • Individuals with chronic medical conditions 
    • Pregnant women 

    Even if you aren’t at a higher risk of life-threatening complications from the flu, and even if you aren’t particularly worried about getting the flu, a flu shot is still a good idea. This is because protecting yourself will protect everyone else with whom you interact from day to day. And some of those individuals might not be able to get the flu shot to protect themselves. 

    Who Should Not Get the Shot 

    Babies who are younger than six months cannot receive the flu shot. This means that every time a baby comes into contact with an unvaccinated person, there is the possibility for flu germs to be transmitted and infect the child. Additionally, the flu shot is contraindicated for people who may have life-threatening allergic reactions to any ingredient in the vaccine. 

    Who Should Talk to a Doctor Before Getting the Shot 

    Talk to your family medicine provider if you’re not sure whether you should get the flu shot or not. For example, if you’re feeling under the weather, you can consult a healthcare provider about whether you should wait to get the shot. You should also consult your doctor if you have Guillain-Barre syndrome, an egg allergy, or an allergy to any of the other ingredients in the vaccine. 

    You can get your annual flu shot at Paramount Urgent Care.. If you do skip the vaccine and come down with the flu in the Orlando area, we’re open seven days per week to help you feel well again. Serving all of Orlando, Lake, Polk, Sumter, Osceola, and Seminole Counties. Please visit our website for a location near you ParamountUrgentCare.com or call (352) 674-9218. 

  • Headed Home for the Holidays? Beware Flight-Induced Dehydration

    Thanksgiving is nearly here! If you’re traveling home for the holidays, there’s more to worry about than just long lines at airport security. Air travel can affect your wellness. Family medicine doctors warn that flight-induced dehydration will dry out the mucous membranes, making you more susceptible to infections, headache, and constipation. If you consume alcohol on the flight, you might experience more serious effects from dehydration. And if you have a pre-existing medical condition, like asthma, then the dehydrating, low-humidity environment of an airplane might lead you to seek urgent care when you land. 

    Fortunately, it’s easy to fix this problem. Just skip the glass of pinot noir and drink plenty of water instead. If you do consume alcohol, drink an extra eight ounces of water for every glass of alcohol. Staying well-hydrated has another benefit besides combating dehydration: It forces you to get up to walk to the bathroom. And on a plane, periodic movement is crucial for preventing life-threatening blood clots. One last tip before you fly home for the holidays: Ask your doctor if your asthma medication needs to be adjusted while you’re on the plane. 

    Paramount Urgent Care provides asthma treatment in Orlando, along with emergency care for all non-life-threatening medical conditions. Serving all of Orlando, Lake, Polk, Sumter, Osceola, and Seminole Counties. Please visit our website for a location near you ParamountUrgentCare.com or call (352) 674-9218. 

  • Understanding Migraines

    You might have heard it said that migraines aren’t just another type of headache. But what exactly are they? When you watch the accompanying video, you’ll learn why some migraines are severe enough that patients need to seek urgent care.

    This science expert explains that migraines are a multi-system disorder of the central nervous system. The symptoms of migraines can last for several days. In addition to a severe headache, patients may experience aura, which is characterized by visual disturbances, double vision, and slurred speech. You’ll also learn about the risk factors of migraines and how they’re treated.

    For urgent care for migraines in Orlando, you can turn to the healthcare providers at Paramount Urgent Care. Serving all of Orlando, Lake, Polk, Sumter, Osceola, and Seminole Counties. Please visit our website for a location near you ParamountUrgentCare.com or call (352) 674-9218.


  • Here’s What’s Causing Your Child’s “Barking” Cough

    The immune system of a young child is still developing, which is why kids are highly susceptible to infections. One common illness in young children is croup, which causes a characteristic barking cough. Kids between three months and five years of age are at an increased risk of getting croup. If your child develops a barking cough, an urgent care doctor can help you learn how to comfort your child while the infection clears up. 

    Understanding Croup 

    Croup is an infection of the upper airways. Most often, it’s caused by a virus. That barking cough occurs as a result of the swelling around the vocal cords. Although the coughing sounds alarming, most cases of croup are relatively mild and most children recover in three to five days. 

    Identifying Croup  

    At first, croup will seem like a common cold. If the upper airway becomes inflamed enough, the child can develop a barking cough. He or she may also make a whistling sound when breathing in. This is known as stridor. The barking cough tends to worsen at night. It can also worsen in response to the child’s crying, anxiety, or agitation, so try to keep your child calm. Other symptoms may include a hoarse voice, fever, and labored breathing. 

    Knowing When to Seek Urgent Care 

    Most children with croup don’t require emergency care. However, you should rush your child to the urgent care center right away if you notice these symptoms: 

    • Stridor with both inhalation and exhalation 
    • Drooling or difficulty swallowing 
    • Difficulty breathing 
    • Blue or grayish skin around the fingernails, nose, or mouth 

    Comforting Your Child at Home 

    There are a few things you can do to comfort your child at home while waiting for the infection to run its course. Keep your child hydrated. Children may find frozen popsicles or warm soup soothing to the throat. Encourage your child to rest. If he or she seems to have trouble getting comfortable while lying down, prop the upper body up with pillows. This can make breathing easier. 

    When your child isn’t feeling well, you need pediatric care you can count on. Paramount Urgent Care is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. every day to serve your family. Serving all of Orlando, Lake, Polk, Sumter, Osceola, and Seminole Counties. Please visit our website for a location near you ParamountUrgentCare.com or call (352) 674-9218. 

  • 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 www.paramounturgentcare.com.

  • Spotlight on Severe Dysmenorrhea

    Dysmenorrhea is the medical term for menstrual cramps. Cramps are a normal part of menstruation for many women, occurring just before and during periods. However, some women experience intense cramps that interfere with their everyday lives every time their periods come. If you are suffering from dysmenorrhea, you don’t have to simply accept it. By seeking medical care, you can get the relief you need.  

    Menstrual cramps occur when the uterus contracts and presses against blood vessels, cutting off the supply of oxygen. Women who experience severe cramping may have an underlying medical condition that is making normal period cramps worse, such as uterine fibroids, endometriosis, or pelvic inflammatory disease. A doctor can determine the cause of severe cramps during a physical exam and offer treatments that can help. Often, addressing the underlying condition can relieve the cramping.  

    Paramount Urgent Care offers medical services in our convenient walk-in clinic setting, so you can get the care you need even when your doctor’s office is closed. Serving all of Orlando, Lake, Polk, Sumter, Osceola, and Seminole Counties. Please visit our website for a location near you ParamountUrgentCare.com or call (352) 674-9218.

  • Can Aloe Vera Really Heal Sunburns?

    If you’re like most people, when you get a sunburn, you reach for the aloe vera. Many people use aloe to treat sunburns at home when the burns are not severe enough to require urgent care, but does aloe really work?

    Watch this video to learn about the healing properties of aloe. Despite the popularity of aloe as a burn treatment, there is very little research into how it works. The research that does exist suggests that aloe protects against infection and reduces inflammation.

    If aloe isn’t doing the trick for your burn care needs, you may need to visit an urgent care center for more aggressive treatment. Serving all of Orlando, Lake, Polk, Sumter, Osceola, and Seminole Counties. Please visit our website for a location near you ParamountUrgentCare.com or call (352) 674-9218.

  • HIV: Who Should Get Tested?

    Undergoing HIV testing is an important step in taking control of your sexual health and protecting your sexual partners. There is a misconception that testing is only for a select group of people, but in reality, everyone between the ages of 13 and 65 should be tested at least once in their lives. HIV testing can be performed quickly and confidentially in an urgent care center, so you can get the answers you want without even having to make an appointment with your primary care doctor. Some people may also benefit from more frequent HIV testing. If you’ve already had a negative test, you may need to be retested in these circumstances:  

    You have shared needles or other drug paraphernalia.  

    Sharing needles when injecting drugs can potentially expose you to blood from someone else. If that person has HIV, the virus could be transmitted to you via the shared needle. Although many people are aware of the potential of transmitting the virus via shared needles, what you may not know is that sharing other items, such as water or cotton used when taking drugs, can also be dangerous. If you have shared any drug paraphernalia that could have exposed you to blood from another person, you should consider getting tested. 

    You have had multiple sexual partners.  

    Having multiple sexual partners increases your risk of contracting all forms of STDs, including HIV. Your risk can be elevated further if you are a man who has had sex with another man, you’ve been treated for other STDs, or you’ve traded sex for drugs or money. You should also consider testing if your sexual partner has engaged in any of these behaviors.  

    You have had sex with someone who is HIV positive.  

    Having sex with someone who is HIV positive doesn’t mean that you have definitely contracted the virus, but it is possible. Even if you used protection, if you have had intercourse with someone who is HIV positive, you should get tested.  

    Paramount Urgent Care offers confidential HIV testing. Serving all of Orlando, Lake, Polk, Sumter, Osceola, and Seminole Counties. Please visit our website for a location near you ParamountUrgentCare.com or call (352) 674-9218.