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Anxiety Management

8.1% of people age 18 and above in the United States are dealing with anxiety disorders, this means 40 million Americans are suffering from this mental disorder, alarming right? Well, it should be, because this could be a friend, family member, loved one, or even yourself.

In order to fully understand this issue one has to ask the question, what exactly is anxiety? It is brought about by stress or worrying that causes panic or fear. Although anxiety is a normal human emotion, it becomes a disorder when it persists for extended periods of time.

There are various forms of anxiety disorders like; social anxiety disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, anxiety disorder triggered by phobias (specific phobia), substance-induced anxiety disorder amongst others.

Symptoms that indicate someone might be suffering from anxiety disorders include restlessness, hyperventilation, insomnia (in some cases), tiredness, edginess or nervousness, lack of concentration(the person finds themselves constantly distracted), muscular tightness, excessive sweating, depression, and problems with digestion.

People having issues with anxiety are likely to struggle with depression and substance abuse, in order to ‘take off the edge or mellow out.

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Causes of Anxiety Disorder

Anxiety disorder is caused by various things. Some could be environmental factors, medical conditions or even genetics. More causes include;

  • Heart conditions
  • Stress from work/ school
  • Drug abuse and alcoholism
  • PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) can also be a cause of extreme anxiety disorder.
  • OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder), people with OCD tend to have a lot of anxiety issues.
  • Financial problems
  • Emotional distress from loss of a loved one, heartbreak, loneliness etc.

Needless to say, anxiety is a feeling that shouldn’t be left to fester; if a person has issues with anxiety, they should seek freedom from this condition. There are medications that help people struggling with anxiety to manage it. Some hospitals/health caregivers provide in-office dispensing of these drugs.

Here are some effective tips on how to manage anxiety.

 

Take a Break:

This is a very important tip to remember, give yourself a break! Most people try to fix things beyond their control. When things go wrong they blame themselves, causing more anxiety. Try to find a balance between being responsible and accepting that we are all humans and the attainment of perfection is maybe a gift only possessed by the divine. Always remember to give your best and whatever you can’t change find ways to make your peace with it. Learn to take a break from everything, especially when stress is piling up. Taking time to clear your head will help you arrive at a solution quicker.

Take a vacation from work. In our modern world where people are pushed intensely to deliver results at work, make good grades in school et cetera. So whenever you get a leave off work or a break, take a vacation. Travel somewhere you’ve always wanted to visit or take on that adventure you’ve always wanted to try.  Doing this could make you see things differently and help you ‘unwind’.

 

Practice a Healthier Lifestyle

A healthier lifestyle promotes healthy living; devoid of anxiety. Most times we don’t eat healthy enough; empty calories or junk food impact negatively on us. For persons trying to manage stress this situation definitely does more harm than good.

You can begin today by making healthier choices like quitting unhealthy habits, eating healthy, and exercising. It has been scientifically proven that exercising helps to manage stress or anxiety.

 

Finding your Centre

There are various natural therapies out there that are very effective with handling anxiety and though it could also be considered as being under practicing a healthier lifestyle, finding one’s balance and inner “zen” can be considered as a tip on its own. Taking a yoga class can be very effective for people trying to kick anxiety, also practicing meditation and breathing exercise can clear the head pretty good. You can also try a special and exotic massage therapy like an Ayurvedic massage, this massage technique can help you relax your muscle and soothe your joints, and it can also help you clear your mind.

Most times it is discovered that the root of the anxiety comes from a deep inner fear which can be addressed by finding inner peace.

 

Talk to Someone:

Whether it involves talking to a professional or a trusted friend, sharing your burdens or telling someone about your constant feeling of anxiety could help you not only unburden your mind but it could also help you get a professional or fresh perspective. There is prescription medication to help you manage anxiety, but this will involve you seeing a physician or psychologist to get the right prescriptions. Some of these specialists provide in-office dispensing, this will make getting your medication less stressful.

 

Cultivate Positive ThinkingAnger Management

Positive thinking is a mental state of aligning with the positive regarding the past, present, and the future.

Think about it as a way of holding on to hope, that thing will improve for the better. Positive thinking is best cultivated in spite of existing facts or the present circumstances.  What this does is mentally placing an individual in the position to make better choices that may lead to better living.

This works especially for anxiety because anxiety spins from the worry about the future. Keeping a brave front and a positive attitude about the future helps reduce anxiety to a great extent.

 

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Almost everyone today knows that being overweight is not healthy. The terms Body Mass Indicator (BMI), obesity, high blood pressure and heart disease are often used in everyday speech, in videos and in the literature that is written about being overweight.

Sadly, knowing all of this does not make weight loss easy. In fact, some people find it almost impossible to lose weight or to keep from gaining weight, and this might be due to an underlying health condition that has not been pinpointed yet.  Are you looking for weight loss clinics open on Saturdays? At EzCare Medical Clinic, our weight loss doctors are open on Saturdays and Sundays. Call us to schedule an appointment.

Underlying Medical Conditions

Many individuals who struggle with their weight are unaware that there might be factors beyond simple self-control that are contributing to the problem. Some of these include:

  1. Sleep Apnea – While there are many studies that link obesity to individuals who already have sleep apnea, there are additional studies that state that people who do not sleep well might just gain more weight than others. For instance, an individual who wakes frequently in the night due to sleep apnea may just be experiencing sleep deprivation. Such deprivation not only drives people to comfort foods but can also sap much-needed energy, leaving little or no desire to exercise. Add to this the fact that metabolism slows down when too much sleep is missed, and sleep deprivation becomes even more dangerous for those who may be trying to lose weight.
  2. Thyroid Problems – You may have heard about people who have thyroid problems and thought little of it. Several diseases, however, revolve around the thyroid’s ability to function, including Hashimoto’s disease and hypothyroidism. When the thyroid is not functioning properly people might be unable to shed unwanted pounds or gain weight rapidly. In order to rule out thyroid problems, a physician can run a blood test and check thyroid function levels.
  3. Stress Hormone – One study completed by the University of Alabama at Birmingham confirmed that there may be a link between cortisol (a hormone that is triggered in times of stress) and obesity.
  4. Polycystic Ovary Syndrome – One common hormonal disorder for women is Polycystic Ovary Syndrome or PCOS. In this syndrome, the body has trouble using insulin that should be working to convert food into energy. Along with high insulin levels, women with PCOS have higher levels of androgens which cause acne, irregular periods and yes, weight gain.
  5. Electrolyte Imbalance – It is a well-known fact that the human body needs water to survive. But many do not know that not drinking enough water each day can lead to weight gain, water retention and bloating. As it turns out, hydration is very important to keep one’s weight at the desired level.

Living a Healthier Lifestyle

make healthier choices to lose weightIf there are no underlying medical causes for weight gain or an inability to lose weight, the most recommended next step is to look at is lifestyle. Make sure to consider more than just the number of minutes you exercise in the gym. Take a look at how many hours a day you are behind a desk, how many evenings you choose to veg on the couch out of sheer exhaustion and what kinds of foods you reach for when you are too busy to cook a healthy meal. There is a chance that a good look at these types of issues may point out what types of changes you might be able to make toward a healthier lifestyle and a healthier weight.

Health professionals at EZCare Clinic in San Francisco can help ensure there are no underlying health conditions, then work with you to help set up a personalized plan to help you reach your weight loss goals. Our weight loss counseling program can help you understand your brain and how it controls your cravings, desire to exercise and even the amount of weight you are able to use. By learning to look at your food-related issues, then find ways to work through them, you will be learning skills that are sure to benefit your overall health for the rest of your life.

Prescriptions for Weight Loss

Anyone who has struggled with their weight can tell you that all of the above suggestions do not guarantee weight loss. Thankfully, there are weight loss doctors in San Francisco understand the weight loss battle and know when to offer help such as prescription drugs for weight loss. There are several effective prescriptions including:

  • Lipo-B Injections – This quick and easy injection is a combination of Vitamin B, Inositol, Methionine, Choline and Inositol. When injected, this combination of amino acids and nutrients has been proven to help burn fat.
  • Phentermine – This appetite suppressing prescription diet pill helps to not only control hunger, it also helps the bodies burn more calories with a boost in the energy levels. Doctors typically recommend that it be used in conjunction with cognitive behavior therapy, a diet based on calorie controls and an exercise program.
  • Exercise Programs – An effective exercise program takes more than just walking into the gym. EZCare Clinic’s professionals can help build you a personalized exercise program that will help with your weight loss goals.
  • Other Prescription Weight Loss Medications – Medical professionals may also find that other weight loss medications such as Liraglutide, Lorcaserin or Orlistat might prove more beneficial for you personally.

Take the First Step

Give EZCare Clinic a call or walk right in and our healthcare professionals will be happy to help you with your weight loss goals. From diagnostic testing to exercise programs and prescription weight loss medication, your weight loss success starts with this first step.

Weight Loss Help From a Professional


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Though it may seem to serve no purpose other than to cause problems, ear wax actually serves to lubricate and protect your ear canal so that no foreign bodies can enter and so bacteria cannot grow. For most people, ear wax does not cause problems as it does not over-produce. However, an excess of earwax can occur in some individuals.

If you are not consistently cleaning your ears in an effective manner, earwax can build up and eventually cause a blockage. Some may not even know they have an earwax blockage as the symptoms can mirror other ailments such as sinus infections, head colds, or water trapped in the ear. These symptoms can include dizziness, ringing in the ears, a feeling of fullness in the ear or head region, reduced hearing, or inner ear pain. If the blockage is not taken care of, it can damage the sensitive tissues located in the hearing and could eventually lead to hearing loss.

 

What You Should Never Do to Your Ears at HomeEarwax removal tips

If you are having ear pain or feel you have a blockage in your ears, you may try to take care of it at home. This is usually a bad idea. Not only will it probably be ineffective, but you could also damage your sensitive ear tissue. Here are a few things you should never do to your ears at home:

Insert Q-tips

 Q-tips are great for cleaning the outer portions of your ears, but they should never be inserted into the ear canal. Doing so could remove too much ear wax and compromise your body’s ability to trap debris and keep your ears safe. You could also inadvertently push wax further back into the canal and compromise your hearing. In extreme cases, you can actually perforate your ear drum, which is extremely painful.

Use ear candles

 Ear candling has gotten a lot of press lately, but it’s simply not effective. Inserting a tube (or candle) into your ear and lighting the other side of it to ‘suck out’ the wax just doesn’t work. The residue in the tube is just the remnants of the candle and not actual ear wax. Ear candles can also pose a danger of getting candle wax into the ears or ear drum perforation.

Ignore issues

Some people ignore symptoms such as itching, pain, ringing, or compromised hearing and simply hope they will resolve. However, if you have an injury or infection, you could experience hearing loss if you don’t see a professional. Don’t ignore issues when it comes to your ears. A quick appointment with a professional is all you need to avoid lifelong hearing loss or pain.

If you do have excess earwax or are experiencing other symptoms, it’s time to book an appointment. Many times an earwax blockage will require a procedure done at a local clinic. An ear flush, also known as an ear lavage, is often the most effective method of resolving a blockage that is causing physical symptoms.

 

What is an Ear Lavage?

When performed by a healthcare professional, an ear lavage is a safe method of removing excess wax. The professional will use either a squirt bottle and cannula or a rubber bulb syringe filled with warm water to flush out the ear canal. In certain cases, a water pick or a small vacuum may be used to remove the earwax. Ear lavage is also called earwax cleaning, earwax removal or just ear cleaning.

 

Why Do I Need to Go to a Professional for an Earwax Cleaning?

The inner portions of the ear are extremely delicate and sensitive. If you try to perform an earwax cleaning or extraction at home and do not know what you’re doing, you could damage your ear or ear canal—possibly permanently. Most people who attempt at at-home ear lavage also do not know for sure if an excess of earwax is actually causing their symptoms. If they attempt to resolve the problem themselves and there is another cause, they could be missing something that will negatively impact their health.

Healthcare professionals who are experienced in ear lavages know what to look for to determine if earwax is the cause of symptoms. They also know how to expertly perform the procedure so that it solves the problem without damaging the ear or surrounding tissues. Finally, a healthcare professional will be able to clear out the excess earwax completely so that the problem is solved the first time. He or she will also be able to give you advice on how to prevent the blockage from happening again.

Make sure you choose an earwax MD who is knowledgeable in ear lavage and other ear issues. Your hearing is too important to leave to someone who doesn’t know what they’re doing (and that includes you!). When you visit a professional for an ear lavage, you will know your earwax situation is being handled safely and professionally so you can preserve your hearing for a lifetime.

At EzCare Medical Clinic, we accept walk-in appointments for earwax cleaning. To schedule your appointment please call us at (415) 966-0848 or click here

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