• What Kind of Force Will Cause a Broken Bone?

    It can take a lot of force to cause a complex or simple fracture. Of course, some bones are more easily broken than others. Urgent care doctors most often treat fractures of the collarbone, arm, wrist, ankle, and toe compared to larger, stronger bones like the thighbone (femur).

    When you watch this featured video, you’ll learn that it usually takes an 899 pound-force to break a femur, compared to a 742 pound-force to crack a rib. You’ll also hear about the other factors that determine how easily a bone can be broken, such as the person’s intake of dietary calcium, the way in which the force was applied, and the amount of exercise the person normally gets.

    Simple fractures are one of the many reasons why patients come to Paramount Urgent Care—a walk-in clinic in Orlando. For more information, please visit www.paramounturgentcare.com.

  • Busting Myths About the Flu Shot

    Influenza is one of the most common and most underestimated illnesses. Millions of people around the world contract the flu each year, and thousands of them die from it. The flu is especially dangerous for young children, seniors, and people with chronic medical conditions, such as those that suppress the immune system. The flu shot is an easy, effective way to keep your family healthy and out of urgent care this season. A medical provider will be happy to discuss any concerns you might have about this injection.

    Myth: Flu shots aren’t safe for pregnant women.

    Actually, expecting mothers are strongly urged to get an annual flu shot as soon as it’s available, as pregnancy is a risk factor for severe flu symptoms and related complications. Pregnant women who contract this illness are more likely to require hospitalization. The shot is safe for use during any trimester, and getting it during pregnancy gives the baby important antibodies to protect him or her during the vulnerable early months of life. Public health experts also recommend the flu shot for women who have given birth recently, as they continue to be at a high risk of severe symptoms for two weeks after childbirth.

    Myth: I don’t need a flu shot if I’m not a child or a senior.

    If you aren’t at a high risk of severe symptoms and life-threatening complications, you might naturally begin to wonder if you really need the shot. The truth is that the shot is important for everyone, even for those who are at an average risk. Even if you don’t require hospitalization for this illness, it still causes very unpleasant symptoms, keeps you out of work or school for a week or longer, and puts your loved ones at risk of contracting it.

    Myth: Flu shots aren’t very effective.

    All vaccines given in the U.S. undergo rigorous testing to ensure safety and effectiveness. However, it’s still possible for patients to become ill despite getting a flu shot for the following reasons:

    • The patient becomes ill with a virus that isn’t influenza.
    • The patient contracts the flu within the two-week, post-injection waiting period that’s necessary for the body to produce the protective antibodies.
    • The patient becomes ill with a different strain of flu other than the ones included in the flu vaccine.

    No appointment is needed to get your low-cost or free (for Medicare patients) flu shot at Paramount Urgent Care. For more information, please visit www.paramounturgentcare.com. If you do develop an upper respiratory infection and live near Orlando, you can rely on our urgent care providers to help you feel well again.

  • 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 how to protect 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.