• 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.

  • 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. 

  • Your Crash Course on Heat Exhaustion

    Heat exhaustion is a condition that can develop when a person has been exposed to heat for an extended period. If you or someone around you is suffering from signs of heat exhaustion, it should always be treated as a medical emergency. Here is a guide to what everybody needs to know about heat exhaustion and what to do when it happens.  

    How does heat exhaustion happen?  

    Normally, your body is able to protect you from the heat through sweating. When the weather is humid as well as hot, however, it’s harder for you to sweat and it’s easier for you to become overheated. Engaging in strenuous activity can increase your chances of heat exhaustion. Infants and older people are at higher risk of heat exhaustion because it’s harder for their bodies to regulate their internal temperatures.  

    What are the symptoms of heat exhaustion?  

    People who are experiencing heat exhaustion may find themselves feeling suddenly dizzy, faint, or unusually fatigued. They may also find themselves having muscle cramps or a severe headache. When they urinate, they may notice that the urine is dark-colored—which is a warning sign of dehydration. If a person with heat exhaustion stops sweating, has trouble breathing, or shows high temperatures, it means that their condition may have progressed to heatstroke, which is a life-threatening emergency situation.  

    How can heat exhaustion be treated?  

    The immediate treatment for heat exhaustion is to get the person out of the heat and help their body cool down. Applying wet towels, drinking water or sports drinks, and taking off unneeded clothing can all help with this process. Make sure to drink any liquids slowly, and avoid caffeinated drinks. If a person’s symptoms do not improve within a half-hour, or if the symptoms worsen, it’s time to seek emergency medical treatment.  

    Paramount Urgent Care is here to provide reliable emergency care services to the Central Florida community, including all of Orlando, Lake, Polk, Sumter, Osceola and Seminole Counties. Walk-ins are always welcome, and we accept most forms of insurance. For more information about the medical services we offer our patients, please visit www.paramounturgentcare.com or call (352) 674-9218. 

  • Here’s Why Summer Is the Peak Time for Food Poisoning

    For years, it’s been noticed that cases of food poisoning tend to increase during the summer months. There are two primary reasons for this. First: We tend to eat outdoors more often when it’s summer, which makes it harder to ensure that proper food safety procedures are being followed. Second: Bacteria flourish in warm temperatures, so food spoils faster when it’s hot outside. If you’re cooking outdoors, make sure you have a handwashing station set up and be sure to frequently wipe down any surfaces you’re using to prepare food. Make sure that ingredients and leftovers are refrigerated right away. Remember: When in doubt, it’s better to throw away food than it is to risk getting sick.  

    If you’re in need of fast medical care, it’s time to visit Paramount Urgent Care. We are open seven days a week for your convenient, and no appointment is necessary. Serving all of Orlando, Lake, Polk, Sumter, Osceola and Seminole Counties. Please visit ParamountUrgentCare.com to find a location near you or call (352) 674-9218.