• Spotlight on Severe Dysmenorrhea

    Dysmenorrhea is the medical term for menstrual cramps. Cramps are a normal part of menstruation for many women, occurring just before and during periods. However, some women experience intense cramps that interfere with their everyday lives every time their periods come. If you are suffering from dysmenorrhea, you don’t have to simply accept it. By seeking medical care, you can get the relief you need.  

    Menstrual cramps occur when the uterus contracts and presses against blood vessels, cutting off the supply of oxygen. Women who experience severe cramping may have an underlying medical condition that is making normal period cramps worse, such as uterine fibroids, endometriosis, or pelvic inflammatory disease. A doctor can determine the cause of severe cramps during a physical exam and offer treatments that can help. Often, addressing the underlying condition can relieve the cramping.  

    Paramount Urgent Care offers medical services in our convenient walk-in clinic setting, so you can get the care you need even when your doctor’s office is closed. Serving all of Orlando, Lake, Polk, Sumter, Osceola, and Seminole Counties. Please visit our website for a location near you ParamountUrgentCare.com or call (352) 674-9218.

  • Can Aloe Vera Really Heal Sunburns?

    If you’re like most people, when you get a sunburn, you reach for the aloe vera. Many people use aloe to treat sunburns at home when the burns are not severe enough to require urgent care, but does aloe really work?

    Watch this video to learn about the healing properties of aloe. Despite the popularity of aloe as a burn treatment, there is very little research into how it works. The research that does exist suggests that aloe protects against infection and reduces inflammation.

    If aloe isn’t doing the trick for your burn care needs, you may need to visit an urgent care center for more aggressive treatment. Serving all of Orlando, Lake, Polk, Sumter, Osceola, and Seminole Counties. Please visit our website for a location near you ParamountUrgentCare.com or call (352) 674-9218.

  • HIV: Who Should Get Tested?

    Undergoing HIV testing is an important step in taking control of your sexual health and protecting your sexual partners. There is a misconception that testing is only for a select group of people, but in reality, everyone between the ages of 13 and 65 should be tested at least once in their lives. HIV testing can be performed quickly and confidentially in an urgent care center, so you can get the answers you want without even having to make an appointment with your primary care doctor. Some people may also benefit from more frequent HIV testing. If you’ve already had a negative test, you may need to be retested in these circumstances:  

    You have shared needles or other drug paraphernalia.  

    Sharing needles when injecting drugs can potentially expose you to blood from someone else. If that person has HIV, the virus could be transmitted to you via the shared needle. Although many people are aware of the potential of transmitting the virus via shared needles, what you may not know is that sharing other items, such as water or cotton used when taking drugs, can also be dangerous. If you have shared any drug paraphernalia that could have exposed you to blood from another person, you should consider getting tested. 

    You have had multiple sexual partners.  

    Having multiple sexual partners increases your risk of contracting all forms of STDs, including HIV. Your risk can be elevated further if you are a man who has had sex with another man, you’ve been treated for other STDs, or you’ve traded sex for drugs or money. You should also consider testing if your sexual partner has engaged in any of these behaviors.  

    You have had sex with someone who is HIV positive.  

    Having sex with someone who is HIV positive doesn’t mean that you have definitely contracted the virus, but it is possible. Even if you used protection, if you have had intercourse with someone who is HIV positive, you should get tested.  

    Paramount Urgent Care offers confidential HIV testing. Serving all of Orlando, Lake, Polk, Sumter, Osceola, and Seminole Counties. Please visit our website for a location near you ParamountUrgentCare.com or call (352) 674-9218.   

  • All about Respiratory Syncytial Virus

    Respiratory syncytial virus is an extremely common infection that impacts people of all ages. Most people get over the symptoms in a week or two, but the virus can be particularly dangerous for infants and the elderly. In some instances, it can lead to pneumonia, especially in children under age one. If you think you or your child could have respiratory syncytial virus, or RSV, consider visiting a walk-in clinic for medical care.  

    What are the symptoms of RSV? 

    RSV causes the same set of symptoms that occur with most respiratory infections: a runny nose, coughing, sneezing, and wheezing. Some people may also experience a fever and decreased appetite. For adults, the symptoms are usually very mild. In children, they can become more severe. Children are more likely to experience bronchiolitis and pneumonia from RSV than adults, so monitor your child for shortness of breath and increased fever when he or she has RSV. 

    How is RSV treated? 

    For adults, over-the-counter medications may be sufficient in easing symptoms. The virus itself usually goes away on its own within two weeks. Even though there is no cure for the virus, it is important to get medical care if you think you have it, to make sure you get an accurate diagnosis. It is also important for kids to be seen by a doctor if they have RSV, as they may need more urgent care to prevent complications.  

    Can RSV be prevented? 

    The best way to avoid RSV is to wash your hands before eating and to avoid touching your face or mouth with unwashed hands. You should also avoid contact with people who are sick. If you have RSV, you can reduce the chances of transmitting it by staying home from work or school.  

    Paramount Urgent Care offers convenient medical care in our walk-in clinics. Serving all of Orlando, Lake, Polk, Sumter, Osceola, and Seminole Counties. Please visit our website for a location near you ParamountUrgentCare.com or call (352) 674-9218.