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The popularity and prevalence of walk-in medical facilities have increased immensely in recent years, as people are searching for more affordable and efficient ways to get the treatment and care that they require. As these clinics become more commonly used, it is crucial for patients to understand the differences that exist between going to a walk-in, and that of going to a physician’s office. In doing so, there are an array of factors that go into knowing the distinctions between the two, whether this includes the type of ailment or illness or the atmosphere of each specific location itself. In order to shed light on how each one differs from the other, the below will provide insight into the specifics that you should know when considering either a walk-in or a traditional doctor’s office.

Minor vs Major Ailments or Illnesses

Minor Illnesses treated at EzCare Walk-In Clinic in San Francisco and San Jose

This is probably one of the foremost ways in which a walk-in clinic is different from a traditional physician’s office. Sure, it is commonly known that minor ailments or injuries, such as the flu, a cold, sprained ankle, or other acute issues can be resolved by walk-ins, but it is little known that there are other minor ailments that can be dealt with at walk-ins as well. This includes contraceptive care, motion sickness medication, screenings and physicals, and a vast array of other problems that are not chronic or life-threatening to the patient that is seeking the care.

However, when it comes to dealing with more serious or chronic conditions of a patient, walk-in clinics are often not equipped to handle the illnesses in this regard. This is due to the fact that the individuals that staff these clinics, although prepared to deal with minor problems, cannot make definitive decisions when it comes to more serious ailments felt by patients. As a result, these such conditions may require the patient to seek the attention of a traditional physician, and thus require the patient to go to a doctor’s office in order to seek treatment for their problem.

Walk-Ins are more time & cost efficient

Two things that are apparent when considering a traditional doctor’s office includes that of the time it takes during the visit itself, as well as the cost that is attributed to seeing the general physician. When it comes to the time, horror stories of doctor visits provide insight into the hours of wait that often accompany the visit, regardless of the appointment time that a patient may have been given. Furthermore, the costs that are tied to seeing a traditional physician are also quite heavy and can dissuade individuals from getting the care that they need.

Walk-in clinics are advantageous in this regard because they provide quick and affordable care to patients with minor illnesses. Generally speaking, patients can be in and out of their treatment in under an hour and be on their way. Additionally, these walk-ins tend to be more transparent and cost-effective with the prices that they charge, making it more feasible for individuals to seek the treatment and solutions they may need.

Staffed by Nurse Practitioners or Physicians Assistants

One thing that is an important differentiating factor between walk-ins and traditional doctor’s offices is that the former is not necessarily staffed with general physicians themselves. Rather, the nurse practitioners (NPs) and physician assistants (PAs) are often those who see and treat patients at walk-ins, as opposed to a specific doctor. Although this may seem daunting to some, when it comes to minor ailments, NPs and PAs are more than knowledgeable and trained to provide the treatment necessary. Simultaneously, they are able to prescribe medications and other treatments as they deem fit for the specific illness that an individual might be undergoing at the time.

Both can prescribe, but walk-ins usually have pharmacies on-site

Another difference between doctor’s offices and walk-in clinics is that, although both institutions can provide patients with prescriptions for their medications, the traditional physician’s office generally does not have a pharmacy on-site. The convenience of walk-ins is that they can provide the prescription for the treatment that a patient needs, and the patient can then go and fill their prescription in a location that is either specifically on-site or in very close proximity to the clinic. In this sense, those who are on a time crunch may benefit more from going to a walk-in clinic to get their issues treated and get the medication they need at a more efficient and effective manner.

Traditional Doctor’s Require Appointments

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As walk-ins continue to gain popularity throughout the United States, and traditional doctor’s offices become an inconvenience to go to, it is crucial for individuals to understand the overarching differences between each, in order to make the best decision for themselves. The distinctions above provide insight into the broader factors that should be taken into consideration when deciding whether to go to a walk-in or if a visit to a traditional doctor is a more practical option for them. Either way, arming oneself with the knowledge will open up options and opportunities, and ensure that the care that is received is the most beneficial for the specific individual and circumstance they are going through.

One of the prominent differences between the walk-in clinics and general practitioners is that the latter requires appointments to be made ahead of time, whereas the former does not. When someone is coming down with a common cold or flu and can feel the symptoms arising, quick and efficient care is the best way to ensure that the illness does not take full control of the body and cause an individual to become sick.

However, with traditional doctor’s offices, making an appointment can mean not being able to get the attention needed in a timely manner, which may cause the sickness to kick into full-swing before the appointment arises. With walk-ins, patients can seek the care that they needed immediately after feeling any of these symptoms, and hopefully resolve the problem before it becomes a major issue for them.


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Stress is a natural part of life and was designed to protect our bodies from emergencies or threats. By releasing ‘fight or flight’ hormones when stimulated, the stress reflex can give you the push you need to flee from danger or to ready yourself for confrontation. However, many people experience stress in situations that are not a threat to their survival and the stress response gets out of control. Chronic stress involves repeated exposure to people or situations that cause us to release stress hormones. People who are in unhealthy relationships or work in high-pressure careers are especially susceptible to chronic stress and may find it affecting their overall quality of life.

Symptoms of chronic stress include anxiety, irritability, headaches, fatigue, and depression. If the stress is not eased, it will start to affect overall health and can lead to the following:

Effects of Stress

  • Breathing problems: When you have a stress response, your body attempts to distribute oxygen-rich blood to your organs through rapid breathing. If you have a condition that affects your breathing such as asthma or emphysema, stress can make it worse.
  • High blood pressure: Another way your body tries to distribute blood to where it needs to go during times of stress is by increasing your heart rate. This can lead to high blood pressure and eventually to heart or blood vessel problems.
  • Development of Type 2 Diabetes:  When you need a boost of energy during stressful events, your body produces extra blood sugar. If this happens too frequently, your body may not be able to keep up with the glucose surge and you risk developing type 2 diabetes.
  • Compromised immune system:  Stress stimulates the immune system, which can be a plus in the short-term and helps you avoid infections and heal from injury. However, chronic stimulation will eventually weaken your system and leave you more vulnerable to illness, viruses, infections, and disease. Chronic stress is a factor in developing cancer, heart disease, and hundreds of other conditions.

Stress Management Tips

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Busy professionals are at risk for chronic stress due to their high-pressure careers and the constant juggling of work with home and personal demands. It’s easy to burn out when you try to be a leader at the office all day only to come home and face making dinner, cleaning the house, and getting the kids to their after-school activities. Here are some stress management tips that can help you cope.

  • Build in time for yourself: It’s easy to put your own needs last when you’re a busy professional and parent. However, when you don’t take time for yourself, you never get a chance to unwind and release the buildup of stress. Try claiming one evening a week as ‘me time’ and spend it reading, taking a bath, walking, or performing any other activity you find particularly relaxing.
  • Learn when to say no: It’s healthy to set boundaries at work, at home, and in your social circles. Many people create their own stress by committing to multiple activities or projects that take up all their time and energy. Choose projects that truly matter to you or that bring you joy and say no to the rest.
  • Delegate or ask for help: Many professionals feel uncomfortable asking for help or delegating tasks as it represents a loss of control. It’s vital that you know when your plate is full and you need to bring others in on a project. In most cases, you can find someone at the office or in your circle who is more qualified for certain jobs than you are. When you ask for help, you reduce stress and sometimes end up with a better result than if you did the work yourself.
  • Consider counseling: If stress management was easy, we would all be great at it! Unfortunately, stress can be tricky to manage and major lifestyle changes are often necessary to achieve real relief. Working with a counselor can help you identify the habits and thought patterns that are adding to your stress levels. A counselor can also help you create healthier thoughts and behaviors.

Stress Management Activities

There are a number of activities you can perform that will lower your stress levels. It’s important to choose activities that you personally enjoy and that make you feel relaxed and energized. Some activities that your friends or co-workers swear by may actually cause you stress, so it’s imperative to find what works for you. Here are some activities that might fit into a low-stress lifestyle.

  • Yoga: Yoga is a combination of controlled breathing, stretching, and mindfulness that has been proven to lower blood pressure and heart rate and reduce stress. Not only is yoga great for stress, but it’s also healthy for your joints and muscles and can be performed by anyone no matter their physical condition.
  • Exercise: Everyone knows that exercise is healthy for their bodies and minds, but many don’t find time to incorporate it into their schedules. Something as simple as a fifteen-minute walk in the morning can be effective in reducing stress and improving cardiovascular health.
  • Meditation: Meditation helps you deal with overthinking or negative emotions and gives you strategies to reduce stress and induce relaxation. Whether you choose guided meditation through apps or videos or just give yourself quiet time without distractions, meditation is a lifelong habit that has been proven to improve quality of life and overall wellness.
  • Hobbies: What gives you joy and makes you feel good about life? Do you enjoy reading, painting, woodworking, or cooking? Developing personal hobbies is an essential part of a fulfilling life. When you have hobbies to look forward to, you are better able to handle the everyday stresses of life and will be better prepared to deal with especially stressful events.

Our bodies were never meant to experience chronic stress. As a busy professional, it can be difficult to create a lifestyle that incorporates personal time for hobbies, meditation, or relaxation. However, once you realize the negative impact stress has on your health and happiness, you will see that it’s imperative to develop effective stress-manage techniques. If you need help managing your stress or would like to talk with a counselor, please reach out to one of our trained professionals.


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As women age, their hormone levels tend to fall and can create a number of uncomfortable symptoms. While most of these occur right before, during, and after menopause when a woman stops menstruating, they can strike early in some cases. For some, natural therapies such as changing lifestyle to incorporate stress reduction, a healthy diet, and exercise can help ease symptoms. Others benefit from natural supplements like vitex or black cohosh to balance their hormones and make them feel better. However, if these natural therapies do not work well enough to help a woman live a full life, Hormone Replacement Therapy (also known as HRT) is often recommended.

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What is Hormone Replacement Therapy?

Hormone Therapy for Women

Hormone Replacement Therapy replaces the female hormones of estrogen and progesterone that decline in women as they age. The female hormones estrogen and progesterone serve many functions in the body, including lining the uterus to prepare for implantation, processing calcium, maintaining healthy cholesterol levels, and keeping the vagina healthy. When these hormones decline, it can result in hot flashes, vaginal dryness, fatigue, mood changes, sleep problems, and more.

HRT augments the natural hormone levels to re-balance the body and alleviate symptoms. Depending on the individual, therapy may include estrogen-only or estrogen with progesterone therapy. Your doctor will test your levels and learn more about your medical history and symptoms before deciding which type of therapy to use.

HRT is not right for everyone. There has been much speculation among researchers about whether HRT may contribute to the risk of breast cancer, heart disease, and other health issues. However, many doctors still believe that the benefits outweigh the risks and that getting a low-dose treatment for five years or less poses minimum health risks.

Here are five signs that you might benefit from Hormone Therapy

You Have Menopause Symptoms

How a woman weathers menopause depends on the individual. Some get through it quickly and relatively painlessly, while other women suffer for years with significant health problems, fatigue, and depression. If you are entering menopause and can deal with the symptoms without significant disruption to your life, HRT is probably not right for you. You may want to rely on exercise, a healthy diet, stress-relieving activities such as yoga and medication, and natural herbs to treat your mild symptoms.

However, if you are experiencing symptoms that keep you from going to work, taking care of your family, interacting with your social circle, or performing your tasks of daily living, HRT might be beneficial. Make sure you talk with your doctor about the risks of HRT and how they can be minimized. Schedule an appointment a professional today.

You Have Severe PMS

PMS, or pre-menstrual syndrome, is common for women of childbearing age and can result in bloating, fatigue, and moodiness the week before the onset of their monthly cycle. While most women can deal with these symptoms with over-the-counter pain medication and natural remedies, around 5% of women experience severe PMS. Called premenstrual dysphoric disorder, or PMDD, the symptoms can include significant mental distress, intense pain, and altered thinking. When these symptoms occur nearly every month and are enough to interfere with daily tasks, PMDD is usually diagnosed.

If you have PMDD, your doctor may consider an HRT regimen that involved estrogen to inhibit ovulation and reduce symptoms. The estrogen will be in a higher dose than that given for women during menopause and will likely be paired with a progestogen to minimize the risk of uterine cancer. If you begin an HRT treatment protocol to handle your PMDD symptoms, it’s important to also make lifestyle changes such as increased exercise, supplements, and a healthy diet to further improve your wellness.

You Have Major Mood Changes

Declining hormones can have a huge impact on moods and lead to depression and anxiety. Many women do not realize their moods are the result of hormonal issues and believe it to be a normal part of getting older or simply a symptom of being middle-aged. Though some moodiness is normal for women experiencing PMS or for those entering menopause, severe mood changes are not normal and are often the sign of improper hormone levels.

If you experience extreme irritability, increased anxiety, or feel depressed, you should speak to your doctor about HRT. By properly balancing your hormone levels, you will likely have more energy and a reduction in emotional symptoms.

You Have Decreased Libido

When a woman starts producing fewer hormones, her libido will naturally decline. While this is normal, a sudden drop in libido or a libido decline that is impacting your relationship should be addressed by your doctor. While it may be a natural part of life to experience a low libido and even vaginal dryness that leads to discomfort during sex, it does not mean you have to simply live with it. HRT can restore the hormones that can increase your libido, make you feel younger, and give you your energy back.

You’re At Risk for Osteoporosis of Fractures

Hormones don’t just affect our moods, libido, and energy levels. When they begin to decline, it can also lead to a loss of bone density and the collagen that builds connective tissue. This puts you more at risk for osteoporosis, broken bones, and fractures in the discs between vertebrae that results in the appearance of a hump on the back. HRT has been proven to increase bone density and prevent the collagen loss that can lead to an increase in fractures.

No matter what stage of life you are in, you deserve to live a fulfilled and healthy life. If PMDD or severe menopause symptoms are affecting your overall wellness, you do have a choice. Hormone Replacement Therapy comes in many different options and is tailored to fit your specific needs. Available in pill form, transdermally through the skin, or as an injectable, HRT can be prescribed in many different doses and combinations. If you fit into one of the categories above, speak with your doctor about the possibility of receiving Hormone Replacement Therapy to ease your symptoms and help you regain your life. If you have questions about HRT, please feel free to contact EZCare Clinic in San Francisco to check your Hormone Levels.


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