• The Importance of Sports and Back-to-School Physicals

    Schools typically require students to have a physical exam if they’re signing up for a sports team. However, even if your child doesn’t plan to participate this year, he or she should still have a back-to-school physical exam. Watch this video to hear the reasons why, and to find out what these screenings check for.

    The expert interviewed here explains that the doctor will examine the child’s personal medical history and family history. If the child has had any prior injuries, the doctor will check that they have been properly rehabilitated. Additionally, the physician will consider the potential risk of recurrent injuries.

    Paramount Urgent Care offers routine physical exams for kids near Orlando. Serving all of Orlando, Lake, Polk, Sumter, Osceola, and Seminole Counties. Please visit our website for a location near you” ParamountUrgentCare.com (352) 674-9218.

  • How Do Pregnancy Tests Work?

    There are two main types of pregnancy tests: At-home tests and laboratory tests. If you miss your period or you have any other reason to believe you might be pregnant, you can take an at-home pregnancy test. These are available over the counter (OTC), and they provide quick results, but they aren’t as accurate as lab tests. If your OTC pregnancy test is positive, you’ll need to go to a walk-in clinic to have a lab test done.

    All urine tests for pregnancy, whether done at home or at the family medicine clinic, work by detecting trace amounts of a hormone in the urine. This hormone, called human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG), is only produced by the body when pregnancy has occurred. It’s important to note that if the test is performed too early, it may give a false negative result because pregnancy doesn’t occur right away after sex. It can take about a week for a fertilized egg to implant in the uterus, and the hCG hormone will only begin building up after that point.

    Paramount Urgent Care provides numerous onsite labs and tests, including pregnancy testing, at our walk-in clinics in the Orlando area. Serving all of Orlando, Lake, Polk, Sumter, Osceola, and Seminole Counties. Please visit our website for a location near you” ParamountUrgentCare.com (352) 674-9218.

  • What to Expect from Smoking Cessation Counseling

    It’s common knowledge that people with addictions can benefit from specialized medical care. For instance, you probably wouldn’t expect a person addicted to alcohol or cocaine to overcome the addiction by sheer force of willpower alone. Yet, people addicted to tobacco often do try to quit smoking without the medical care they need. If you’ve tried the DIY approach and it hasn’t worked for you, it’s time to consider talking to a physician about smoking cessation counseling. 

    Going to Your Initial Appointment 

    Smoking cessation counseling usually involves multiple one-on-one sessions with the physician. Each patient will have a unique experience with counseling since it’s highly personalized to meet the needs of the individual patient. In general, however, you can expect to start by exploring your health history. The doctor may ask how long you’ve been smoking, how much you smoke, and how you’ve tried to quit in the past. The doctor may provide some general information about the many benefits of quitting smoking and the risks of continuing to smoke. You’ll be encouraged to ask questions and share your concerns before discussing your smoking cessation options. 

    Discussing Smoking Cessation Methods 

    One of the benefits of going to a walk-in clinic for smoking cessation counseling is that you’ll have access to prescription medications that can support your efforts. Your doctor will review your health history to make sure it’s safe for you to use quit smoking medications. You may also discuss the ins and outs of using over-the-counter (OTC) nicotine replacement products. If you decide to try one of these, your physician will help you do so in a safe and appropriate manner. 

    Identifying Triggers 

    Every smoker has certain triggers that give rise to the urge to smoke. The physician will help you identify your triggers and discuss ways of either preventing them or dealing with them without resorting to smoking. For instance, many smokers feel the urge to pick up a cigarette upon awakening, finishing a meal, drinking coffee, or talking on the phone. You can try different techniques to get through a craving, such as by chewing sugar-free gum instead. 

    Paramount Urgent Care is pleased to provide high-quality corporate medical care, including smoking cessation counseling, wellness management, and DOT physicals. For your convenience, we have multiple walk-in clinics in the Orlando area. Serving all of Orlando, Lake, Polk, Sumter, Osceola, and Seminole Counties. Please visit our website for a location near you” ParamountUrgentCare.com (352) 674-9218. 

     

  • Why Do Kids Need Physical Exams?

    It’s recommended that all kids who are age 2 or older receive a physical examination at least once a year. At a physical exam, a physician will monitor your child’s physical development, check their heart rate and other vital signs, and check their vision and their hearing. Your child can also be checked for early symptoms of health problems such as scoliosis. To learn more about why regular physical exams are so important for your child, watch the full video.

    Is your child due for a physical exam? Serving all of Orlando, Lake, Polk, Sumter, Osceola and Seminole Counties, Paramount Urgent Care provides physical exams, treatment for injuries, and a wide array of other essential healthcare services. For more information and to find a location near you, please visit www.paramounturgentcare.com or call (352) 674-9218.

  • Can Your Heart Take the Heat?

    The summer heat in Florida can be tough for anyone to handle, but it can be downright dangerous for certain people. If you have heart disease, you can talk to your healthcare provider about your elevated risk of heat-related illnesses. It’s also a good idea to know the warning signs of heat-related illnesses and to seek urgent care promptly when they occur. 

    Why Heart Disease Increases the Risk 

    To understand why heart disease increases the risk of heat exhaustion and heatstroke, it’s helpful to know how the body cools itself down. On hot days, the heart works harder to pump more blood toward the skin. This allows heat to radiate out from the body. The body also cools itself by sweating, which draws water and minerals out of the body. People with heart disease have a harder time coping with these changes. This can be because: 

    • High cholesterol clogs arteries and limits blood flow toward the skin. 
    • Damaged heart muscle interferes with effective blood pumping. 
    • Cardiovascular medications interfere with heat regulation. 
    • Diuretic drugs increase urine output, which contributes to dehydration. 

    How You Can Stay Safe in the Heat 

    It’s advisable for patients with heart conditions to stay in air-conditioned rooms when it’s hot outside. Try to schedule your outdoor activities for the early morning and evening hours. You can also stay cool by: 

    • Wearing light, breathable clothing 
    • Running cool water over your wrists 
    • Drinking plenty of cold water 

    If you have congestive heart failure or kidney disease, check with your doctor regarding the number of fluids you can safely consume. If your doctor says it’s safe for you to exercise, plan to do so in the air conditioning. 

    How to Recognize Heat-Related Illnesses 

    Heat-related illnesses become progressively worse without treatment. Patients with possible heat exhaustion should receive urgent care. Heat exhaustion is indicated by: 

    • Fatigue 
    • Nausea and vomiting 
    • A headache 
    • Excessive thirst 
    • Muscle aches and weakness 

    Heatstroke is life-threatening, and it requires immediate attention at an ER. It can cause these symptoms: 

    • Confusion 
    • Rapid heartbeat 
    • Dizziness 
    • Little to no urination 
    • Convulsions 
    • Confusion or delirium 
    • Loss of consciousness 

    If you could be suffering a life-threatening medical condition, please call 911 without delay. The urgent care doctors at Paramount Urgent Care in Orlando can handle a wide range of non-life-threatening medical problems, including acute heat exhaustion and ongoing management of chronic heart disease. Serving all of Orlando, Lake, Polk, Sumter, Osceola, and Seminole Counties. Please visit our website for a location near you” ParamountUrgentCare.com (352) 674-9218.