• What Is a TSH Test?

    As part of a physical exam, a TSH test is among the screenings your family medicine provider may order. TSH screenings test your thyroid function to determine if you have too little or too much thyroid hormone in your system.

    TSH stands for thyroid stimulating hormone. If the results of a TSH test indicate that you have high levels of TSH, it means that your thyroid is underactive and is not producing enough T3 and T4—the two hormones released by your thyroid that help to regulate metabolism and other body functions. High levels of TSH means that your body is trying to stimulate your thyroid to make more hormones. Low TSH levels, on the other hand, mean that your thyroid is overactive and secreting too much hormones. Both overactive and underactive thyroids can cause a range of complications, including weight changes, hair loss, and fatigue.

    Get the primary care you need when you need it with Paramount Urgent Care. In addition to walk-in urgent treatment, we offer physical exams and labs in Clermont, Oviedo, Lady Lake, and Orlando. Dial (407) 226-1906 to learn more about our services.

  • How to Help Your Kids Stay Healthy at School

    Outbreaks of infectious illnesses are extremely common at schools. Despite the best efforts of teachers, kids sneeze in their hands and touch other kids, don’t wash their hands after using the bathroom, and eat their lunches after playing on the jungle gym. Although urgent care can get your kids on the road to recovery fast when they bring an illness home, prevention is an even better strategy. You can reduce your kids’ risks of getting sick at school with this advice.

    Talk About Hand Washing

    Hand washing is the simplest and most effective way your kids can cut the amount of germs they are introduced to at school. Stress the importance of hand washing before eating and after using the bathroom. Make washing hands a rule at home so that it becomes second nature for your kids to do it at school. If the school allows it, let your child keep a travel-size hand sanitizer in their backpack or send it back and forth every day in their lunch to make it even easier to get clean hands.

    Teach Sneeze and Cough Etiquette

    Kids are trained to cover their mouths when they sneeze and cough, but too often, they resort to using their hands to cover up, which they then use to infect surfaces around the classroom. Teach your kids how to sneeze and cough into a tissue, when possible, or into the crook of the elbow. This practice keeps hands cleaner, so that fewer germs are dispersed in the school.

    Keep Sick Kids Home

    It can be difficult for parents, especially parents who work, to keep kids home when they are sick, especially if you think they are well enough to make it through school. However, when parents send sick kids to school, they put everyone at risk. Keep your kids home when they are sick, and encourage other parents to do the same.

    A flu shot from Paramount Urgent Care is another part of keeping your kids healthy this school year. Call (407) 226-1906 to find out more about the services at our walk-in clinic in Orlando, Lady Lake, Oviedo, and Clermont.

  • Why the Flu Nasal Mist Is No Longer Available?

    Much to the chagrin of kids and adults who don’t like needles, the flu nasal mist will no longer be available. Why is an injection from your walk-in clinic the best way to go, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention? Watch this video to find out.

    The nasal mist, while initially effective when it was introduced, no longer provides adequate protection from the flu virus. Although experts are not sure why, it was only 3% effective in preventing flu in kids last year, so family medicine and pediatric specialists will now only be providing flu injections.

    Although kids and parents alike may dread the needle, a quick shot is much safer than flu complications. Get your flu shot in Orlando at Paramount Urgent Care, or visit one of our three other locations in Oviedo, Lady Lake, and Clermont. You can learn more about our walk-in clinic by calling (407) 226-1906.

  • Get the Facts About Zika

    Zika is a virus spread by mosquitoes and sexual contact with an infected person. Although it doesn’t cause symptoms in some people, it has been linked to a serious birth defect called microcephaly as well as Guillain-Barre syndrome. A recent outbreak that was initially confined to the Caribbean and South America has now spread to portions of Miami-Dade County. Paramount Urgent Care offers fast and easy Zika testing for people who are at risk. Here is what you need to know about the virus, the symptoms, and how you can protect yourself.

    What is Zika?

    Although the Zika virus has only recently come to the attention of the public in the U.S., it was first discovered in 1947. Outbreaks of the virus, which is carried by the same kind of mosquitoes that carry yellow fever and dengue fever, were confined to Africa until 2007, when it started appearing in the South Pacific. In recent years, it has become a global health concern. The virus is riskiest to pregnant women and their babies as it can cause microcephaly, a condition that causes brain damage and underdeveloped heads. Although most cases are spread by mosquitoes, evidence of sexual transmission also exists.

    What are the symptoms?

    Most people who get Zika don’t have any symptoms and never know that they have had the virus. About one in five people will experience signs of Zika, including rash, joint pain, fever, and conjunctivitis. Rarely, Zika can lead to Guillain-Barre syndrome, which can cause temporary paralysis.

    Can Zika be prevented?

    Avoiding travel to affected areas is the best way to completely avoid Zika. You can also reduce your risk of infection by being vigilant about avoiding mosquito bites. Stay away from standing water and make sure there are screens on your doors and windows. Wear mosquito repellent that contains DEET when you are outdoors. If you have traveled to an affected area, avoid mosquito bites when you return home to reduce the risk of introducing Zika to your area.

    Paramount Urgent Care is pleased to offer Zika testing at our walk-in clinics in Orlando, Oviedo, Lady Lake, and Clermont, alongside our range of urgent care services, physicals, and other screenings. To find a location near you, please call (407) 226-1906.