• Back to School Physicals for Kids

    If your child is starting school this fall, then you may have questions regarding whether she needs a physical and why. Watch this video to learn about the importance of back to school physical exams for kids.

    Particularly for children who will be attending school for the first time, physical exams are important for ensuring that their sensory organs are functioning properly. After all, to do well in school, children need to be able to see the blackboard and hear their teacher. Finally, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children receive annual physicals to monitor their growth, development, and any medical conditions they may have.

    At Paramount Urgent Care, we offer low-cost school physicals for kids. For more information about our walk-in clinics in Orlando, Clermont, Oviedo, and Lady Lake, please visit our website at www.paramounturgentcare.com. School/Sports physicals at Paramount Urgent Care cost $20. For every School/Sports physical, Paramount will donate back $10 to your school or sports program!

  • How Long Will My Poison Ivy Rash Last?

    Poison ivy rashes are seen often in urgent care and are caused by an allergic reaction to an oil contained in the poison ivy plant. If you come in contact with poison ivy, then wash your skin as soon as possible to help reduce your chance of developing a rash. On the other hand, if you already have a poison ivy rash, then there are a few things you should know.

    A rash from poison ivy typically lasts for 1 to 3 weeks. However, you should consider seeing a doctor if your rash doesn’t improve after a week or appears infected. In the meantime, you may find some relief by cleaning your skin with soap and water, washing all clothing and objects that may have come in contact with the poison ivy, and applying cool compresses to your skin. Resist the urge to scratch and leave alone any blisters that form. Finally, taking antihistamine pills and applying hydrocortisone cream or calamine lotion may offer you some relief.

    Paramount Urgent Care offers emergency care services at walk-in clinics in Orlando, Clermont, Oviedo, and Lady Lake. For more information about our urgent care centers, visit our website at www.paramounturgentcare.com.

  • What Older Adults Should Know About Whooping Cough

    Has someone you know required emergency care for whooping cough? If so, then you may be wondering if you should be concerned about your own health. Keep reading to learn what older adults should know about whooping cough and protecting themselves from this disease.

    An Introduction to the 100-Day Cough

    Whooping cough, or pertussis, is a highly contagious and potentially serious illness that is characterized by a hacking cough that is followed by a high-pitched whooping sound during the next intake of breath. This respiratory tract infection was once considered a childhood disease. However, following the development of the whooping cough vaccine, it now typically affects children who are too young to be vaccinated or adults whose immunity has faded. Because the coughing symptoms caused by pertussis can go on for months, the illness has earned itself the nickname the “100-day cough.” The coughing associated with whooping cough can be so severe that it may lead to abdominal hernias and bruised or cracked ribs.

    Protecting Yourself from Whooping Cough

    Before the development of its vaccine, whooping cough primarily affected children and was sometimes deadly. Now that most children in the United States are vaccinated for whooping cough, it is thought that this infection is on the rise because older individuals are losing the immunity that they obtained as children through vaccination. Additionally, because children are not completely immune until they have had at least 3 shots, both they and children who are too young to be vaccinated are at risk of catching the disease from others. For this reason, older adults should consider getting a second whooping cough vaccine to help reduce their risk of contracting this dangerous infection. Getting up-to-date with your pertussis vaccine can be a smart way to help protect yourself and others from whooping cough.

    If you need non-life threatening emergency care in Orlando, Clermont, Oviedo, or Lady Lake, then come and see us at Paramount Urgent Care. For information about our walk-in clinic’s health care services, please visit www.paramounturgentcare.com.

  • Diagnosed with HIV? Get the Facts About Antiretroviral Therapy

    Antiretroviral therapy (ART) refers to the use of medicines in the treatment of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). If you have visited an urgent care center for HIV testing and been diagnosed with this disease, then read on to learn about getting treatment with ART.

    What It Does

    ART can help protect your health and extend your life if you have HIV by preventing the virus from growing and attacking your immune system. Also, taking HIV medicine can help protect others by reducing the risk of HIV transmission.

    When to Start

    Because ART can help people who have HIV live longer and healthier lives, it is recommended that people diagnosed with HIV begin their treatment as soon as possible. However, the need to begin ART is more urgent for individuals who have AIDS or certain coinfections or illnesses related to HIV. Also, pregnant women who are diagnosed with HIV should begin antiretroviral therapy to help protect their own health and prevent the transmission of HIV to their child. Finally, if you have had HIV for fewer than 6 months, then the viral load in your body is probably very high. Research suggests that getting treated with ART during early HIV infection can help you live a longer and healthier life.

    What to Know

    Before you begin your antiretroviral therapy, your healthcare provider will inform you of the risks and benefits of this option. It is important to realize that ART is not a cure for HIV, but a lifelong treatment that helps people live healthier and longer lives despite having the infection. After beginning your ART, strictly adhering to your treatment plan by taking your medicines when and as described is important for keeping the virus from multiplying and damaging your immune system.

    If you need urgent care in Orlando, Clermont, Oviedo, or Lady Lake, then look no further than Paramount Urgent Care. For details on our HIV testing and emergency care services, please visit www.paramounturgentcare.com.

  • Take These Steps to Reduce Your Risk of Contracting an STD

    Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) can be transferred from person to person during any type of sexual intercourse, including oral sex. Although abstinence is the only foolproof way to avoid STDs, there are precautions you can take to safeguard your health while being sexually active. First, visit a walk-in clinic with your partner to have STD testing before having sex with him or her. Then, consider maintaining a monogamous relationship with your partner, as multiple sexual partners increases the risk of STDs.

    Watch this video for more effective tips. You’ll learn the dos and don’ts of condoms and dental dams, and you’ll hear about three vaccines that can protect you from certain diseases.

    Paramount Urgent Care is a walk-in clinic in Orlando that offers completely confidential STD testing. For more information, please visit www.paramounturgentcare.com.