• What Parents Need to Know About Bronchitis

    Bronchitis is a common problem treated in urgent care. There are different types of this condition, but acute bronchitis is the variety most commonly diagnosed in children. Continue reading to discover what parents need to know about this condition.

    Overview

    Bronchitis is associated with an inflammation of the airways that can result in an increased production of mucus, in addition to other symptoms. In acute bronchitis, the mucus membranes of the bronchial tubes become inflamed.

    Causes

    Typically, acute bronchitis is the result of a viral or bacterial agent. However, this condition can also result from chemical or physical agents, such as tobacco smoke, strong fumes, allergens, and dust. Additionally, acute asthmatic bronchitis can cause or result from an asthma attack, and it’s not uncommon for a viral infection in the upper respiratory tract or a common cold to be followed by acute bronchitis. In children, most cases of this condition are mild and caused by a virus. Children who have enlarged tonsils and adenoids, allergies, or chronic sinusitis may be at a greater risk of developing bronchitis.

    Symptoms

    Although every child may experience acute bronchitis symptoms differently, some of the most common ones include slight fever, chills, runny nose, malaise, sore throat, wheezing, back pain, and muscle pain. Early on, children may have a dry cough that progresses to a mucus-filled cough. Acute bronchitis symptoms usually last 1 to 2 weeks but may persist for a month.

    Treatment

    When developing a treatment plan, the doctor will consider your child’s medical history, overall health, and age, as well as the severity of the condition, your child’s tolerance of treatment options, and your preferences. Antibiotics are rarely needed to treat bronchitis. Instead, your child’s doctor may prescribe cough medicine, analgesics, the use of a humidifier at home, and increased fluid intake.

    If your child needs urgent care for bronchitis and you’re looking for a walk-in clinic in Orlando, Clermont, Oviedo, or Lady Lake, then please come and see us at Paramount Urgent Care. For information about our pediatric services, please visit our Website.

  • Coping with Severe Mono Symptoms

    Mononucleosis, also known as mono, is a condition that’s commonly diagnosed in urgent care centers. Mono can last for weeks and cause symptoms such as headache, fatigue, fever, swollen lymph nodes and tonsils, skin rash, and sore throat. If you’re suffering from severe mono symptoms, then keep reading for tips on how to cope.

    Don’t Skimp on Rest

    Unless you have a serious complication, you won’t be prescribed medications to treat your mono. Instead, when it comes to combating this infection and its symptoms, not pushing yourself and getting plenty of bed rest is important. As you recover, cut back on your normal activities, rest when you feel tired, and stay in best to help combat your fatigue. When your symptoms are severe, you’re not likely to want to go to work or school anyway, and giving your body a break in this way can allow it to put more energy toward fighting the mono infection.

    Show Your Body Patience

    Until your doctor gives you the okay, you should avoid participation in contact sports and should not perform heavy lifting. Mono can cause your spleen to swell, and participating in these activities while you have mono can increase your risk of injuring your spleen.

    Drink Plenty of Fluids

    Staying hydrated can be critical for speeding your recovery from mono. Also, drinking lots of fluids is especially important if you have a fever. Consuming cold liquids can also help ease your sore throat while preventing dehydration.

    Take OTC Pain Relievers

    While they can’t treat the mono infection, over-the-counter pain relivers like ibuprofen and acetaminophen can help reduce your muscle pain and fever. You should read and follow the instructions listed on the label. Additionally, gargling with warm salt water and sucking on lozenges throughout the day may help soothe your sore throat.

    If you’re looking for mono testing, then stop by Paramount Urgent Care, where we provide on-site emergency care at our walk-in clinics in Orlando, Clermont, Oviedo, and Lady Lake. To learn more about our services or locations, please visit our Website.

  • The Basics of Beta Blockers

    If you recently required emergency care for a heart attack, then your doctor may have prescribed you a beta blocker. To gain an understanding of this type of medication, watch this video to learn about the basics of beta blockers.

    Beta blockers refer to a group of medications that are used to slow a person’s heartrate and reduce the force of his or her heartbeats. Beta blockers get their name from the fact that they block some of the nerve signals that are responsible for controlling the heart rhythm. These medications can be used in many ways, such as to treat hypertension, abnormal heartbeat, chronic headaches, or anxiety disorders.

    If you need urgent care for hypertension in Orlando, Clermont, Oviedo, and Lady Lake, then look no further than Paramount Urgent Care. Please visit our Website for more information.

  • How Is Zika Virus Diagnosed?

    Now that Zika virus has been detected in some Floridians, it’s important for couples to stay vigilant if they are expecting or are planning to have a baby. A walk-in clinic can perform Zika tests for patients who have reason to believe they might have been exposed to the virus. Zika is normally detected through blood or urine tests.

    To determine if you should be tested for Zika, the urgent care doctor will ask if you’ve traveled to or live in an area in which Zika has been reported. If you’ve had sex with a person who might have been exposed to Zika, you may need to be tested as well. These recommendations apply to women who are pregnant or might be pregnant, even if they aren’t currently displaying symptoms.

    Paramount Urgent Care provides trusted medical services in the Orlando, Oviedo, Lady Lake and Clermont areas, including tests for Zika. To find a walk-in clinic near you, give us a call at (407) 226-1906.

  • The Dos and Don’ts of Sending Asthmatic Kids to Summer Camp

    Campfires, sing-alongs, and fun in the sun are quintessential experiences of every summer camp around the country, but some campers have more to worry about than others. If your child has asthma, it is still possible for him or her to have a safe and enjoyable summer camp experience. However, before sending your child off to camp, stop in at the walk-in clinic for a checkup and make sure you research the camp beforehand.

    Do research the camp thoroughly ahead of time.

    There may be special needs camps nearby that will be well-suited to your child’s needs. Some camps are designed to provide safe environments for children with asthma and allergies, for instance. If there are no special needs camps close by, check for camps that are located close to urgent care centers. Contact the camp and ask questions, including the following:

    • Is there a registered nurse available every day?
    • Are camp counselors trained to handle medical emergencies?
    • Will my child be allowed to carry an inhaler everywhere?
    • How will the camp counselors help my child avoid asthma triggers?

    Don’t neglect to schedule a doctor’s appointment.

    Your child should have a medical evaluation before going away to summer camp. The doctor will make sure it’s safe for your child to attend camp, and he or she can provide an emergency treatment plan to give to the camp staff. The doctor can also help your child brush up on the basics of managing his or her health.

    Do educate camp staff about your child’s needs.

    If possible, meet with the camp staff in person beforehand. Provide copies of the doctor’s emergency asthma treatment plan, and discuss your child’s needs. Make sure the staff members understand your child’s asthma triggers, daily medications, and emergency treatments.

    Don’t forget to send extra medications.

    Check all of the expiration dates for your child’s medications and emergency inhalers. Remind your child of when and how to use the emergency inhaler, and make sure your child wears a medical ID bracelet or necklace every day. Send along extra medications, including a spare emergency inhaler.

    If you’re looking for compassionate asthma care in Orlando, Oviedo, Lady Lake and Clermont, look no further than Paramount Urgent Care. Our walk-in clinics provide chronic health management services for kids and adults. Parents can reach us at (407) 226-1906.