• How to Take Care of Your Stitches

    If you suffer from a laceration, you might need stitches to seal the wound and allow the body to heal. When you do receive stitches in the urgent care clinic, be sure to get a printout of the doctor’s instructions for care, which will help you reduce the risk of infection and keep the area comfortable. 

    One of the most essential steps in caring for stitches is keeping the area clean and dry. Cover the area when you shower and avoid taking a bath, going swimming, or entering a hot tub until the wound has fully healed. After 24 hours, you can carefully wash your stitches and the surrounding area, but you will want to promptly dry the area and resist the urge to scratch.  

    From stitches to sinus infections, Paramount Urgent Care has you covered. 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.

  • When Should You Be Concerned about a Fever?

    Fever is an effect of the immune system, which raises the body temperature to help fight off infections caused by viruses, bacteria, and other foreign bodies. So, if you have a fever, it’s actually a sign that your immune system is doing its job. However, a fever may be cause for concern when you see a particularly high temperature on the thermometer or if you have a chronic illness that affects your immune health. Let’s take a closer look at when you should seek medical care for a fever, rather than relying on at-home care.  

    When the fever is over 104 degrees Fahrenheit.  

    High fevers are considered dangerous because they can begin to cause brain damage and have more severe symptoms associated with them. If you have a fever of more than 104 degrees Fahrenheit, it’s time to head to urgent care for professional medical attention. For children, the threshold for a high fever is lower—about 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit—so you will want to carefully monitor your child’s fever and call a doctor if it gets into this range.  

    When you have other symptoms.  

    Certain symptoms accompanying a fever can indicate serious medical conditions. For example, muscle stiffness, neck pain, and confusion along with a fever can be signs of meningitis. Skin rashes, blisters, and severe body pain or headaches and a fever should also be met with medical care.  

    When you have a chronic illness. 

    If you have a chronic illness such as cancer, AIDS, or diabetes—or you take immunosuppressant drugs to manage other conditions—you may be at a higher risk for complications from common illnesses. Therefore, any fever might be a sign that you should see a doctor to avoid more serious issues with the illness.  

    When you are worried about a high fever, flu symptoms, or any other ailments that can’t wait for an appointment, visit Paramount Urgent Care at one of our convenient locations. No appointment is necessary to see a doctor right away! 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. 

  • A Quick Look at Tetanus Shots

    When was the last time you had a tetanus shot? If you can’t remember, or if you know it’s been some years, you won’t want to put off getting a tetanus booster. 

    This video will show you the reasons why tetanus shots are important and why you need ongoing protection from tetanus. You may be exposed to tetanus through a variety of common sources, such as rusted metal, soil, or dust. If you have an open cut on your skin, tetanus spores can infiltrate and cause severe symptoms, including lockjaw.  

    If you’re due for a tetanus shot or you’ve just been injured and are worried about your tetanus risk, visit Paramount Urgent Care. You don’t need an appointment at our Orlando-area clinics, and you can find care for the whole family.  

    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. 

  • Which Tests May Be Part of an Annual Physical?

    Routine physicals are important for your health. Even when you feel healthy and well, having a physical is essential for identifying early signs of potentially serious conditions and ensuring that your health is on track for the future. What happens during your physical will depend on your age, gender, personal health history, and family history, but there are some basic types of tests you can almost always expect.  

    Visual and Physical Exams 

    During a physical, your doctor will look for visual abnormalities by examining the head, chest, and abdomen as well as by observing how you move and speak. The doctor or nurse may also check vital signs, and the doctor may feel for abnormalities in certain parts of the body, such as the abdomen. Women can also expect to have a pelvic exam, which may include a pap smear, while men can expect to have a testicular exam and prostate cancer screening during routine physicals.  

    It’s also likely that you will spend some time talking to your doctor about any new or existing health concerns and recommended preventive screenings. Effectively communicating with your primary physician about your health is one way to ensure the highest quality of care.  

    Laboratory Tests  

    A lab visit is often scheduled after a physical to take a complete blood count and screen for high cholesterol, diabetes and pre-diabetes, and hormonal abnormalities. Laboratory testing may also include STD screening, which may be performed via blood test, urine test, or both, depending on your specific risk factors. If abnormalities do show up in your lab work, you may need to schedule a follow-up visit with your doctor. Otherwise, your results will be discussed over the phone or delivered by mail.  

    If you are due for your annual physical, you can find exceptional care with Paramount Urgent Care. 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.