• When Should You See a Doctor for a Sunburn?

    Sun protection is crucial throughout the year. Even just one major sunburn injury can increase your lifetime risk of developing skin cancer. But most cases of sunburn don’t require acute care at a walk-in clinic. If your skin is only mildly burned, you can apply a cool compress, drink extra fluids, and apply aloe vera gel for symptom relief.

    You do need urgent care for sunburn if it doesn’t get better in two days, or your symptoms worsen. You should also see a doctor for professional sunburn care if you develop blisters over a large area of your body, or if you experience a fever, severe pain, headache, confusion, nausea, or chills. It’s possible to develop an infection from sunburn, particularly if you scratch the blisters and break the skin. Seek urgent care if you have worsening swelling, blisters with pus, or red streaks emanating from the blister.

    Paramount Urgent Care provides a wide range of urgent care services. Serving all of Orlando, Lake, Polk, Sumter, Osceola, and Seminole Counties. For more information about our prompt and courteous medical services, please visit www.paramounturgentcare.com or call (352)-674-9218

  • Tips for Treating a Sprain

    A sprain occurs when a ligament gets stretched or torn. Most often, sprains affect the ankle. An urgent care doctor can confirm the diagnosis and offer treatment recommendations. Sprains often heal with the RICE method. You’ll learn more about the RICE approach when you watch this featured video.

    This athletic trainer explains that rest, ice therapy, compression, and elevation are the most common treatment recommendations for sprains. Wrap the ice pack in a thin towel and apply it for no longer than 20 minutes at a time. Avoid athletic activities while the injury heals. To reduce the swelling, keep the injured body part elevated above the level of your heart.

    If you suspect you’ve sustained a sprain, visit one of Paramount Urgent Care’s walk-in clinics. Serving all of Orlando, Lake, Polk, Sumter, Osceola, and Seminole Counties. For more information about our prompt and courteous medical services, please visit www.paramounturgentcare.com or call (352)-674-9218

  • Examining Common Migraine Triggers

    Most headaches only cause localized discomfort, such as throbbing or dull pain in the head. Migraines are different, and they can be severe enough to require urgent care. In addition to headache pain, migraines can cause disabling nausea, vomiting, visual disturbances, and sensitivity to light and sound. If you experience disabling migraines on a regular basis, you should work with a migraine specialist to develop a control plan. But for acute pain relief, you can count on a doctor at a walk-in clinic.

    Changes in Weather

    A trigger is anything that causes your symptoms to develop. There are lots of potential migraine triggers, including changes in the weather. Some people who get migraines are sensitive to changes in barometric pressure.

    Types of Food

    Your doctor may ask you to keep a food journal for a few weeks to determine if specific foods seem to trigger your migraine symptoms. Some patients develop migraines after consuming these foods and food additives:

    • Aged cheeses

    • Alcohol

    • Caffeinated beverages

    • Aspartame

    • MSG

    • Salty foods

    • Processed foods

    Additionally, skipping meals can trigger migraines for some patients.

    Changes in Hormones

    According to the American Migraine Foundation, there are three times as many women as men who are affected by migraines. Of those women, up to 75% of them report having migraine attacks during or close to menstruation. Some women develop migraines during pregnancy or menopause. If you only get migraines during your period, and don’t experience them at any other time, then it’s possible that hormonal birth control medicine can help reduce your migraine attacks.

    Episodes of Severe Stress

    Stress is another common migraine trigger. Although it’s common to suffer from severe and chronic stress, it’s also something that can be managed. Consider trying the following methods of managing your stress:

    • Mindfulness

    • Guided meditation

    • Biofeedback

    • Exercise

    Migraines are one of the many acute medical problems we treat here at Paramount Urgent Care. Our doctors are available at multiple urgent care locations around Orlando to better serve the needs of families in our community.

    Serving all of Orlando, Lake, Polk, Sumter, Osceola, and Seminole Counties. For more information, please visit www.paramounturgentcare.com or call (352)-674-9218

  • Could Your Nausea Be a Sign of Pregnancy?

    If you’re actively trying to become pregnant, you’re probably monitoring yourself very carefully for the early signs of pregnancy. Nausea, often called morning sickness during pregnancy, is one of the most recognizable and common signs of pregnancy. If you think you could be pregnant, you can go to an urgent care center that has an onsite lab. A urine test can confirm your status, and the doctor can review your medications to ensure they are safe for use during pregnancy.

    The Onset of Pregnancy Symptoms

    Every woman is a little different. Some feel different within a couple of weeks of conception, while others are a few months into gestation before they experience any of the classic pregnancy symptoms. In most cases, nausea will first develop between two and eight weeks after conceiving. Throughout a woman’s pregnancy, some symptoms may resolve and new symptoms can develop because of the various changes the body goes through. For instance, nausea often resolves after the first trimester, although some women experience it for nine months.

    Types of Pregnancy Symptoms

    Because nausea during pregnancy is often referred to as morning sickness, women might not always recognize it as being indicative of pregnancy if it occurs at other times. But actually, morning sickness can occur any time of the day. In addition to nausea and missed periods, pregnancy often results in these symptoms:

    • Fatigue

    • Swollen or tender breasts

    • Headaches

    • Backaches

    • Frequent urination

    • Mood swings

    • Food cravings

    • Food aversions

    Management of Nausea During Pregnancy

    Nausea during pregnancy won’t necessarily result in vomiting. But if you do find it difficult to keep fluids down, you may need urgent care to prevent or treat dehydration. Avoid taking any medications during pregnancy unless they have been approved by your doctor. The following tips may help you manage nausea.

    • Eat smaller, but more frequent meals

    • Choose bland foods that lack odors

    • Eat a couple of soda crackers when nausea occurs

    • Get some fresh air

    Paramount Urgent Care offers onsite labs, including pregnancy testing. Visit one of our walk-in clinics around the Orlando area to speak with a healthcare provider about your symptoms.

    Serving all of Orlando, Lake, Polk, Sumter, Osceola, and Seminole Counties. For more information, please visit www.paramounturgentcare.com or call (352)-674-9218

  • What Is a Complete Metabolic Panel?

    A comprehensive or complete metabolic panel (CMP) is a group of 14 lab tests. Urgent care doctors may request a CMP when they suspect a patient has a particular medical condition, such as one that affects the liver or kidneys. It can also be performed as part of a yearly physical exam. CMPs help the doctor evaluate many factors of a person’s health, such as electrolyte balance, blood glucose level, and blood protein level.

    Complete metabolic panels are blood tests. Some patients are asked to fast for 12 hours prior to having their blood drawn. However, this isn’t possible when a CMP is being done at an urgent care visit. If any of the results on the CMP is abnormal, this could potentially indicate problems like diabetes complications, liver disease, kidney failure, or breathing problems.

    Complete metabolic panels are one of the many onsite tests we can perform here at Paramount Urgent Care. For more information about our medical services in Orlando, please visit www.paramounturgentcare.com.