• 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. 

  • Who Should Get a Flu Shot?

    Walk-in clinics begin offering the flu shot before flu season begins. This is the ideal time to get vaccinated, since it takes about two weeks for protective antibodies to build up in your body. During the first two weeks after you get the shot, you aren’t fully protected and may still get the flu. However, even if you’ve waited to get the shot, it’s still beneficial to get vaccinated any time during flu season. 

    Who Should Get the Shot 

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) strongly recommends that everyone age six months and older get a flu shot every season, barring any contraindications. Getting an annual flu shot protects yourself from serious symptoms and complications of the flu, which may become life-threatening. Some flu-related complications include: 

    • Pneumonia 
    • Bronchitis 
    • Dehydration 
    • Ear infections 
    • Sinus infections 
    • Heart problems 
    • Muscle inflammation 

    The flu can also worsen pre-existing health conditions, such as diabetes, asthma, and congestive heart failure. Certain people are more susceptible to flu complications than others, including: 

    • Babies and young children 
    • Elderly individuals 
    • Individuals with chronic medical conditions 
    • Pregnant women 

    Even if you aren’t at a higher risk of life-threatening complications from the flu, and even if you aren’t particularly worried about getting the flu, a flu shot is still a good idea. This is because protecting yourself will protect everyone else with whom you interact from day to day. And some of those individuals might not be able to get the flu shot to protect themselves. 

    Who Should Not Get the Shot 

    Babies who are younger than six months cannot receive the flu shot. This means that every time a baby comes into contact with an unvaccinated person, there is the possibility for flu germs to be transmitted and infect the child. Additionally, the flu shot is contraindicated for people who may have life-threatening allergic reactions to any ingredient in the vaccine. 

    Who Should Talk to a Doctor Before Getting the Shot 

    Talk to your family medicine provider if you’re not sure whether you should get the flu shot or not. For example, if you’re feeling under the weather, you can consult a healthcare provider about whether you should wait to get the shot. You should also consult your doctor if you have Guillain-Barre syndrome, an egg allergy, or an allergy to any of the other ingredients in the vaccine. 

    You can get your annual flu shot at Paramount Urgent Care.. If you do skip the vaccine and come down with the flu in the Orlando area, we’re open seven days per week to help you feel well again. 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. 

  • Headed Home for the Holidays? Beware Flight-Induced Dehydration

    Thanksgiving is nearly here! If you’re traveling home for the holidays, there’s more to worry about than just long lines at airport security. Air travel can affect your wellness. Family medicine doctors warn that flight-induced dehydration will dry out the mucous membranes, making you more susceptible to infections, headache, and constipation. If you consume alcohol on the flight, you might experience more serious effects from dehydration. And if you have a pre-existing medical condition, like asthma, then the dehydrating, low-humidity environment of an airplane might lead you to seek urgent care when you land. 

    Fortunately, it’s easy to fix this problem. Just skip the glass of pinot noir and drink plenty of water instead. If you do consume alcohol, drink an extra eight ounces of water for every glass of alcohol. Staying well-hydrated has another benefit besides combating dehydration: It forces you to get up to walk to the bathroom. And on a plane, periodic movement is crucial for preventing life-threatening blood clots. One last tip before you fly home for the holidays: Ask your doctor if your asthma medication needs to be adjusted while you’re on the plane. 

    Paramount Urgent Care provides asthma treatment in Orlando, along with emergency care for all non-life-threatening medical conditions. 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. 

  • Here’s What’s Causing Your Child’s “Barking” Cough

    The immune system of a young child is still developing, which is why kids are highly susceptible to infections. One common illness in young children is croup, which causes a characteristic barking cough. Kids between three months and five years of age are at an increased risk of getting croup. If your child develops a barking cough, an urgent care doctor can help you learn how to comfort your child while the infection clears up. 

    Understanding Croup 

    Croup is an infection of the upper airways. Most often, it’s caused by a virus. That barking cough occurs as a result of the swelling around the vocal cords. Although the coughing sounds alarming, most cases of croup are relatively mild and most children recover in three to five days. 

    Identifying Croup  

    At first, croup will seem like a common cold. If the upper airway becomes inflamed enough, the child can develop a barking cough. He or she may also make a whistling sound when breathing in. This is known as stridor. The barking cough tends to worsen at night. It can also worsen in response to the child’s crying, anxiety, or agitation, so try to keep your child calm. Other symptoms may include a hoarse voice, fever, and labored breathing. 

    Knowing When to Seek Urgent Care 

    Most children with croup don’t require emergency care. However, you should rush your child to the urgent care center right away if you notice these symptoms: 

    • Stridor with both inhalation and exhalation 
    • Drooling or difficulty swallowing 
    • Difficulty breathing 
    • Blue or grayish skin around the fingernails, nose, or mouth 

    Comforting Your Child at Home 

    There are a few things you can do to comfort your child at home while waiting for the infection to run its course. Keep your child hydrated. Children may find frozen popsicles or warm soup soothing to the throat. Encourage your child to rest. If he or she seems to have trouble getting comfortable while lying down, prop the upper body up with pillows. This can make breathing easier. 

    When your child isn’t feeling well, you need pediatric care you can count on. Paramount Urgent Care is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. every day to serve your 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. 

  • Can Chicken Soup Really Help with the Flu?

    The best way to deal with the flu is not to get it at all. A flu shot is the most effective method of prevention, along with washing your hands frequently. If you do get sick, and you’re at a high risk of severe flu complications, you can visit a walk-in clinic to ask about antiviral medications. Otherwise, stay at home, get plenty of rest, and enjoy some steaming hot chicken soup.

    When you watch the accompanying video, you’ll hear about the science behind the benefits of chicken soup. The hot, steaming broth eases congestion and makes the mucus flow, which aids in the removal of the flu virus from your nasal passages. The broth is also helpful for preventing dehydration, which is more likely to develop in patients with the flu. Plus, the chicken gives your body some protein, which supports your immune system.

    If you’re suffering from severe flu symptoms and live near Orlando, you can put your trust in Paramount Urgent Care. For more information, please visit www.paramounturgentcare.com.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.