• When to Get Urgent Care for Food Poisoning Symptoms

    In most instances, food poisoning is extremely unpleasant but relatively easy to manage at home. However, in some cases, food poisoning requires urgent care. If you suspect your food poisoning case is serious, go to a walk-in clinic to get the medical care you need. Here are some signs that you shouldn’t simply try to wait out your food poisoning symptoms.

    You have serious dehydration symptoms.

    Dehydration is a common side effect of food poisoning. Vomiting and diarrhea combined with an inability to keep things down can cause you to lose significant amounts of fluid. Minor dehydration symptoms, such as thirst, can usually be managed at home, but serious dehydration requires urgent care. If you have a fast heartbeat, feel dizzy, are breathing fast and shallow, and have little to no urine output, seek medical care. You could need intravenous fluids to treat your dehydration.

    You have blurred vision.

    Blurred vision associated with other food poisoning symptoms can indicate a serious health threat. Typically, blurred vision is associated with botulism poisoning, which can be particularly dangerous. Blurred vision caused by food poisoning may also be accompanied by muscle weakness, and difficulties breathing and swallowing.

    You have diabetes.

    Food poisoning can be dangerous for people with diabetes, especially those with type 1 diabetes and insulin-dependent type 2. Vomiting, diarrhea, and the inability to eat or drink can cause blood glucose levels to go dangerously awry, from dangerously low blood glucose levels to diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA). People with diabetes should seek urgent care for any persistent issue that interferes with their ability to eat and drink as normal.

    Don’t let serious food poisoning symptoms go unchecked. Paramount Urgent Care makes it easy to get the medical care you need. We have four walk-in clinic locations in Orlando, Lady Lake, Clermont, and Oviedo with extended hours seven days a week to serve you. Call us today at (407) 226-1906 to learn more about our urgent care services.

  • What Are the Signs of a Dangerous Sunburn?

    Most people experience sunburns now and again, and while they may be painful, they are usually not dangerous. Some sunburns, however, require urgent care and could signal long-term damage. How can you tell the difference? Watch this video to find out.

    Blistering is the sign of a serious sunburn. In the short term, urgent care could be necessary to control pain and prevent infections as the skin heals. In the long-term, blistering sunburns are associated with an increased risk of skin cancer, so be sure your doctor knows your history of bad burns.

    At Paramount Urgent Care, we have four locations for urgent care in Orlando and the surrounding area to treat bad sunburns, simple fractures, and a range of other health care needs. Find out more about our services by calling (407) 226-1906.

  • Avoiding Heat-Related Illnesses This Summer

    Summer may be all about being outside, but sometimes the price of fun in the sun can be heat-related illnesses. As temperatures soar, falling victim to a heat-related heat issue is always possible, but there are steps you can take to dramatically decrease your risk. Stay out of the urgent care clinic and enjoy the summer without risking your health with these tips.

    Get Hydrated

    The risk of dehydration increases during the summer, as you sweat more but may not remember to drink more. Avoid summer dehydration by increasing your water intake, especially when you’re spending extended periods of time outside. Keep water with you when you’re going to be outdoors, and increase your water intake by snacking on water-rich foods, like watermelon and celery. If you’re thirst, you’re already dehydrated, so keep sipping water to stay ahead of the curve. If you feel thirsty, dizzy, and nauseated, you could be seriously dehydrated and may need urgent care.

    Seek Shade

    Spending extended periods of time outside on hot days can lead to dangerous episodes of heat exhaustion and heat stroke, two conditions which require emergency care. Try to avoid being active outside during the peak heating hours of the day – generally between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. When you are outdoors, spend time in the shade instead of under the full blaze of the sun. If you’re at a pool or the beach, cool off in the water frequently, and consider sitting under a shade umbrella. Dizziness, disorientation, nausea, and fainting are all indications that you could need medical care.

    Cook Carefully

    Food poisoning cases spike during the summer, because hot temperatures and food safety don’t mix. When you’re eating outdoors, make sure hot foods are served hot and cooked to proper temperatures, while cold foods are served cold. Don’t eat food that sits out in 90 degrees Fahrenheit or higher temperatures for one hour or in lower temperatures for two hours. If you believe you could have food poisoning, seek urgent care.

    Paramount Urgent Care is here to ensure illness doesn’t make you miss a beat this summer. Get urgent care in Orlando, Oviedo, Clermont, and Lady Lake when you need it at our convenient walk-in clinics. Find out more by calling (407) 226-1906.