• Protect Your Family with These Pool Safety Rules

    Swimming is an excellent way to cool off while working out, but be mindful of the potential risks. Require your kids to follow certain safety rules, including rules against running near the pool and using riding toys like tricycles in the area. Let your kids know that electrical appliances and water can be a deadly combination. Additionally, urgent care physicians warn against diving into shallow pools. Tell your kids that the only diving allowed is off the diving board.

    Kids need adult supervision at all times near the pool. A supervising adult should be careful not to be distracted by conversations or a book while on lifeguard duty. Supervising adults must also avoid alcohol. Adults shouldn’t swim alone, either. It’s safer to use the buddy system. When the pool isn’t in use, set the pool alarm and lock the security gate.

    Paramount Urgent Care maintains four patient-focused emergency care centers in the Orlando area. Visit www.paramounturgentcare.com for information about our urgent care services.

  • A Truck Driver’s Guide to Getting and Staying Healthy

    Health is a major concern for most commercial truck drivers, and this isn’t just because they are required to pass DOT physicals. The long hours of sitting relatively still, poor nutrition while on the road, and the stress of ensuring timely arrivals can significantly increase the risk of life-threatening conditions like heart disease and diabetes. It’s a challenge to stay healthy on the road, but it’s definitely possible if you’re committed to making some changes.

    Eating Well

    Driving a truck for hours on end can be boring, and many drivers compensate with mindless eating. Keep the potato chips out of reach when you’re behind the wheel. Instead, head for a rest stop for each meal. Look for a supermarket near the exit, which offers more nutritious possibilities than gas stations and fast food restaurants. Supermarkets often sell premade sandwiches and salads at the deli. Look for fresh fruit and yogurt parfaits, or select some whole fruit to stash in your cab. If you must eat fast food, check the menu for calorie counts first.

    Exercising Regularly

    Some drivers stash a foldable bicycle in the sleeping berth. At rest stops, they can ride around the parking lot to work their leg muscles. You could also simply walk or jog around. Consider wearing a pedometer to track your steps to help you stay motivated. If you bring hand weights, make sure they’re tied down securely in the cab.

    Preventing Blood Clots

    Even if you do exercise regularly, you’re still at risk of blood clots. Blood clots can form in the legs from long hours of inactivity. They can be deadly if they break free and travel to the heart, lungs, or brain. Reduce your risk by taking frequent rest stops to walk around. Limit sodium, drink lots of water, and when you can’t walk around, flex your calf muscles frequently.

    Paramount Urgent Care is pleased to offer DOT physicals in Orlando and our locations in Clermont, Oviedo, and Lady Lake. Our corporate medicine services help all types of employees get and stay healthy. For more information, please visit www.paramounturgentcare.com.

  • 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.