• Your Crash Course on Heat Exhaustion

    Heat exhaustion is a condition that can develop when a person has been exposed to heat for an extended period. If you or someone around you is suffering from signs of heat exhaustion, it should always be treated as a medical emergency. Here is a guide to what everybody needs to know about heat exhaustion and what to do when it happens.  

    How does heat exhaustion happen?  

    Normally, your body is able to protect you from the heat through sweating. When the weather is humid as well as hot, however, it’s harder for you to sweat and it’s easier for you to become overheated. Engaging in strenuous activity can increase your chances of heat exhaustion. Infants and older people are at higher risk of heat exhaustion because it’s harder for their bodies to regulate their internal temperatures.  

    What are the symptoms of heat exhaustion?  

    People who are experiencing heat exhaustion may find themselves feeling suddenly dizzy, faint, or unusually fatigued. They may also find themselves having muscle cramps or a severe headache. When they urinate, they may notice that the urine is dark-colored—which is a warning sign of dehydration. If a person with heat exhaustion stops sweating, has trouble breathing, or shows high temperatures, it means that their condition may have progressed to heatstroke, which is a life-threatening emergency situation.  

    How can heat exhaustion be treated?  

    The immediate treatment for heat exhaustion is to get the person out of the heat and help their body cool down. Applying wet towels, drinking water or sports drinks, and taking off unneeded clothing can all help with this process. Make sure to drink any liquids slowly, and avoid caffeinated drinks. If a person’s symptoms do not improve within a half-hour, or if the symptoms worsen, it’s time to seek emergency medical treatment.  

    Paramount Urgent Care is here to provide reliable emergency care services to the Central Florida community, including all of Orlando, Lake, Polk, Sumter, Osceola and Seminole Counties. Walk-ins are always welcome, and we accept most forms of insurance. For more information about the medical services we offer our patients, please visit www.paramounturgentcare.com or call (352) 674-9218. 

  • Here’s Why Summer Is the Peak Time for Food Poisoning

    For years, it’s been noticed that cases of food poisoning tend to increase during the summer months. There are two primary reasons for this. First: We tend to eat outdoors more often when it’s summer, which makes it harder to ensure that proper food safety procedures are being followed. Second: Bacteria flourish in warm temperatures, so food spoils faster when it’s hot outside. If you’re cooking outdoors, make sure you have a handwashing station set up and be sure to frequently wipe down any surfaces you’re using to prepare food. Make sure that ingredients and leftovers are refrigerated right away. Remember: When in doubt, it’s better to throw away food than it is to risk getting sick.  

    If you’re in need of fast medical care, it’s time to visit Paramount Urgent Care. We are open seven days a week for your convenient, and no appointment is necessary. Serving all of Orlando, Lake, Polk, Sumter, Osceola and Seminole Counties. Please visit ParamountUrgentCare.com to find a location near you or call (352) 674-9218.  

  • Electrocardiograms: Why They’re Done and What You Can Expect

    An electrocardiogram, or EKG, is a medical test that is performed to check a patient for signs of heart disease. When a physician performs an EKG, they’ll be able to make sure that you have a healthy rate of blood flow to your heart, check the rhythm of your heartbeat for irregularities, and identify any potential symptoms of a heart attack. Here is what you need to know about EKGs:  

    How does an electrocardiogram work?  

    An EKG works by monitoring the rate of the electrical impulses that pass through a person’s heart. During the test, the length of time that it takes the waves to move through the heart will be recorded. If your heart’s electrical activity is abnormal in any way, the monitor will be able to pick it up. Once an EKG has been performed, the results will be kept so that your heart activity can be compared over time.  

    What is it like to receive an electrocardiogram?  

    EKGs are not dangerous, and the patient should not experience any pain or discomfort while they are being performed. The test itself takes only a few seconds to perform, and the results should be available within 10 minutes in most cases.  

    How often should an electrocardiogram be done?  

    The frequency of your EKGs depends largely on your age and the state of your health. Usually, you will have an EKG done when you go in for a routine physical examination. If you are in your 40s or older, it may be recommended that you have an annual EKG to check for signs of high blood pressure and high cholesterol levels.  

    Paramount Urgent Care proudly serves all of Orlando, Lake, Polk, Sumter, Osceola and Seminole Counties. We offer electrocardiograms, X-rays, and a wide array of other important medical tests at our urgent care facilities. For more information, please visit www.paramounturgentcare.com or give us a call at (352) 674-9218.