• When to Seek Urgent Care for Digestive Issues

    Many digestive issues are mild and temporary, such as fleeting indigestion or stomach cramps. But if your symptoms are severe or don’t resolve quickly, it’s a good idea to seek urgent care. At the clinic, tell the doctor exactly what type of symptoms you’re having, how long they’ve lasted, and whether they might have been brought on by anything in particular, such as eating undercooked food. Your detailed answers will help the urgent care doctor get to the bottom of the problem quickly.

    When You Can’t Keep Fluids Down

    Diarrhea and vomiting can potentially lead to dehydration, especially if the patient is elderly or a young child. If you’re experiencing these problems, and you can’t seem to keep fluids in your stomach, it’s time to seek urgent care. Some of the potential signs of dehydration can include the following:

    • Dry mouth
    • Sleepiness or tiredness
    • Little to no urine output
    • Dizziness and lightheadedness
    • Headache
    • Dry skin

    When Your Stomach Pain Is Severe

    A little mild cramping is usually not a red flag, but the sudden onset of severe stomach pain is. Have someone take you to urgent care. Severe stomach pain can be caused by:

    • Food poisoning
    • Gallstones
    • Cholecystitis
    • Diverticulitis
    • Kidney stones

    Kidney stones are particularly common in people who live in warm climates, like Florida. Dehydration and obesity can increase the risk. The pain of kidney stones is often described as more intense than childbirth. In addition to abdominal pain, patients with kidney stones may have nausea, vomiting, pink or red urine, and painful urination.

    When It Might Be a Bowel Obstruction

    An intestinal obstruction is another reason to seek emergency care for abdominal pain. Patients with this condition are unable to pass any solids or liquids through the colon. If left untreated, bowel obstructions can result in tissue death, perforation of the intestinal wall, and severe, life-threatening infection. In addition to abdominal pain, a bowel obstruction can result in:

    • Constipation
    • Vomiting
    • Loss of appetite
    • Abdominal swelling

    Families throughout Oviedo, Lady Lake, and Orlando trust the medical care providers at Paramount Urgent Care. We offer short wait times and compassionate medical care for individuals with a wide range of symptoms, including digestive issues. For more information, please visit www.paramounturgentcare.com.

  • Understanding Concussions

    Not all brain injuries result in permanent disabilities, but they should all be taken seriously. The failure to get urgent care and rest until fully healed can strain the brain and increase the risk of post-concussion syndrome. For more information about concussions, watch the accompanying animation.

    You’ll learn that concussions occur when the brain shifts within the skull and strikes the bone. This can cause some of the 90 billion neurons in the brain to stretch and possibly tear, causing symptoms and complications like loss of consciousness, memory loss, anxiety, depression, and cognitive difficulties. The most effective way to help the brain heal after a concussion is to get plenty of rest and avoid doing “close work” activities like reading and watching TV.

    Paramount Urgent Care maintains walk-in clinics in the Orlando area to provide high-quality emergency care services for our neighbors. For more information, please visit www.paramounturgentcare.com.

  • What to Expect During a Blood Sugar Screening

    Your blood glucose is the amount of sugar in your bloodstream. It isn’t necessary to eat sugary foods like doughnuts, caramel lattes, or cookies in order to increase one’s blood glucose. It’s actually affected by any food with carbohydrates, including bread and rice. Your doctor may recommend a routine blood sugar screening as part of a physical exam. You may also have this test if you have any possible symptoms of diabetes or if you already have diabetes.

    Preparing for a Blood Sugar Screening

    Many factors other than food can temporarily affect your blood glucose. It’s important to tell the doctor about all medications you’re taking, including over-the-counter (OTC) drugs. A few of the drugs that may interfere with the results of the test include:

    • Birth control pills
    • Hormone therapy
    • Tricyclic antidepressants
    • Aspirin
    • Corticosteroids

    Severe physical stress can also affect your blood glucose levels. Your doctor may ask you whether you have recently experienced any sort of trauma. Surgery, heart attack, and stroke can affect your test results.

    Fasting Before a Blood Sugar Screening

    There are different types of blood sugar screenings. If you’re having a random test, you won’t need to fast beforehand. These can be less accurate, however. Fasting tests are more accurate, but you’ll have to schedule this test beforehand so you’ll have time to prepare. Your doctor will instruct you to avoid eating for eight hours before your screening. You’ll also have to avoid drinking anything other than water.

    Undergoing a Blood Sugar Screening

    In some cases, pricking the finger to obtain a small drop of blood is all that’s needed. But if you’re also having other lab tests run, your doctor may request a larger sample of blood taken from a vein. The provider will sterilize the skin and tie an elastic band around the arm. Keep your arm relaxed to minimize discomfort during the blood draw.

    Paramount Urgent Care is committed to being your partner in health. If you have diabetes and live near Orlando, Clermont, or Oviedo, you can count on our urgent care providers. For more information about the services available at our walk-in clinics, please visit www.paramounturgentcare.com.

  • Signs of Dehydration

    Dehydration is a dangerous side effect of many conditions, ranging from the flu to uncontrolled diabetes. If you think you could be dehydrated, visit an urgent care center to determine how severe your condition is and if you need intravenous fluids to recover.

    Increased thirst is a clear indicator of dehydration, but it’s important to pay attention to other symptoms as well. Decreased urine output, headaches, dizziness, fatigue, rapid heart rate, and dry mouth can all also indicate dehydration. For babies, having fewer than normal wet diapers is a clear indicator of dehydration. Simply increasing your fluid intake can often reverse mild dehydration, but moderate to severe dehydration can be serious. Seek treatment at an urgent care center if you are experiencing any dehydration symptoms.

    With four convenient walk-in clinic locations, Paramount Urgent Care can respond quickly to your medical concerns, with fast health care when you need it most. We provide the service of IV fluid administration for dehydration. You can learn more about our Orlando-area urgent care clinics by visiting www.paramounturgentcare.com.