• When to Seek Urgent Care for Digestive Issues

    Many digestive issues are mild and temporary, such as fleeting indigestion or stomach cramps. But if your symptoms are severe or don’t resolve quickly, it’s a good idea to seek urgent care. At the clinic, tell the doctor exactly what type of symptoms you’re having, how long they’ve lasted, and whether they might have been brought on by anything in particular, such as eating undercooked food. Your detailed answers will help the urgent care doctor get to the bottom of the problem quickly.

    When You Can’t Keep Fluids Down

    Diarrhea and vomiting can potentially lead to dehydration, especially if the patient is elderly or a young child. If you’re experiencing these problems, and you can’t seem to keep fluids in your stomach, it’s time to seek urgent care. Some of the potential signs of dehydration can include the following:

    • Dry mouth
    • Sleepiness or tiredness
    • Little to no urine output
    • Dizziness and lightheadedness
    • Headache
    • Dry skin

    When Your Stomach Pain Is Severe

    A little mild cramping is usually not a red flag, but the sudden onset of severe stomach pain is. Have someone take you to urgent care. Severe stomach pain can be caused by:

    • Food poisoning
    • Gallstones
    • Cholecystitis
    • Diverticulitis
    • Kidney stones

    Kidney stones are particularly common in people who live in warm climates, like Florida. Dehydration and obesity can increase the risk. The pain of kidney stones is often described as more intense than childbirth. In addition to abdominal pain, patients with kidney stones may have nausea, vomiting, pink or red urine, and painful urination.

    When It Might Be a Bowel Obstruction

    An intestinal obstruction is another reason to seek emergency care for abdominal pain. Patients with this condition are unable to pass any solids or liquids through the colon. If left untreated, bowel obstructions can result in tissue death, perforation of the intestinal wall, and severe, life-threatening infection. In addition to abdominal pain, a bowel obstruction can result in:

    • Constipation
    • Vomiting
    • Loss of appetite
    • Abdominal swelling

    Families throughout Oviedo, Lady Lake, and Orlando trust the medical care providers at Paramount Urgent Care. We offer short wait times and compassionate medical care for individuals with a wide range of symptoms, including digestive issues. For more information, please visit www.paramounturgentcare.com.