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500 Cahaba Park Cir, Birmingham, AL 35242500 Cahaba Park Cir
Open until 8:00 pm
  • Mon12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  • Tue12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  • Wed12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  • Thu12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  • Fri12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  • Sat 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Sun 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
4.79(3.6k reviews)
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Urgent Care for Children, Highway 280 - 500 Cahaba Park Cir, Birmingham
The last-minute appointment scheduling was very easily and simplified however, my concern is due to a school physical, needing to be signed, and only a practitioner was on duty. We were not preliminary informed that our form would not be signed that same day. I could’ve chosen another alternative for a location or company that had a provider on staff to sign the form the same day Living an hour away. This is very critical, informing me of their process. Otherwise great

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1539 Montgomery Hwy, Hoover, AL 352161539 Montgomery Hwy
Open until 8:00 pm
  • Mon 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Tue 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Wed 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Thu 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Fri 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Sun 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
4.93(554 reviews)
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Physicians Care, Hoover North - 1539 Montgomery Hwy
Excellent experience at this location. All off the staff were very friendly and masked. My doctor's visit was detailed and was very thoughtful. I left with a clear understanding of my treatment and next steps to take. I'm very grateful for their kindness. The online check in is a great feature and very easy to use. I hope not to be back soon, but very happy they're close by when needed.

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1989 Montgomery Hwy, Hoover, AL 352441989 Montgomery Hwy
Open until 8:00 pm
  • Mon 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Tue 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Wed 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Thu 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Fri 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Sun 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
4.92(265 reviews)
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Physicians Care, Hoover South - 1989 Montgomery Hwy
Very professional a knowledgeable caring

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1001 Brocks Gap Pkwy, Hoover, AL 352441001 Brocks Gap Pkwy
Open until 8:00 pm
  • Mon12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  • Tue12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  • Wed12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  • Thu12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  • Fri12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  • Sat 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Sun 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
4.77(1.1k reviews)
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Urgent Care For Children, Hoover - 1001 Brocks Gap Pkwy
Picked my child up from daycare with fever and sore throat thankfully they are open after 6pm check in was with fast results. I will definitely use the them again.

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117 N Chalkville Rd, Trussville, AL 35173117 N Chalkville Rd
Open until 8:00 pm
  • Mon12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  • Tue12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  • Wed12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  • Thu12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  • Fri12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  • Sat 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Sun 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
4.76(4.1k reviews)
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Urgent Care for Children, Trussville - 117 N Chalkville Rd
Great fast friendly service. This was my first time visit I will definitely go back. Provider’s bedside manners were excellent. I would definitely recommend the facility to friends and family.

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125 20th St S, Birmingham, AL 35233125 20th St S
Open until 7:00 pm
  • Mon 7:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Tue 7:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Wed 7:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Thu 7:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Fri 7:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Sat 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
  • Sun 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
4.42(12 reviews)
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I had a wonderful experience, the staff was very courteous and efficient. The two receptionist set the tone for a very pleasant visit. The wait time wasn’t very long, I was in seen and out the before I knew it. I will definitely be using them again. I highly recommend UAB Medicine Urgent Care
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3201 4th Ave S, Birmingham, AL 352223201 4th Ave S
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1528 Carraway Blvd, Birmingham, AL 352341528 Carraway Blvd
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1944 28th Ave S, Homewood, AL 352091944 28th Ave S
Open until 9:00 pm
  • Mon 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Tue 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Wed 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Thu 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Fri 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Sat 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Sun 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
3.0(10 reviews)
I scheduled an online visit for my teenage daughter with complete ease. From the moment we walked into the waiting room and then to the treatment room and again at our exit we were greeted by the kindest and professional staff. They were wonderful to us and very concerned about caring for my daughter and getting her what she needed. Our provider was especially kind and in depth with her medical care. Each time a staff member left the treatment room my daughter said, “They are so nice mom.” I was very satisfied with the care and felt great about what the provider diagnosed and recommended for treatment. Also the clinic was super clean! Stacy Dennis
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5377 1st Ave N, Birmingham, AL 352125377 1st Ave N
Open until 3:00 pm
  • Mon 7:30 am - 3:00 pm
  • Tue 7:30 am - 3:00 pm
  • Wed 7:30 am - 12:00 pm
  • Thu 7:30 am - 3:00 pm
  • Fri 7:30 am - 3:00 pm
  • SatUnknown
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800 Montclair Rd, Birmingham, AL 35213800 Montclair Rd
Open until11:59 pm
  • Mon12:00 am - 11:59 pm
  • Tue12:00 am - 11:59 pm
  • Wed12:00 am - 11:59 pm
  • Thu12:00 am - 11:59 pm
  • Fri12:00 am - 11:59 pm
  • Sat12:00 am - 11:59 pm
  • Sun12:00 am - 11:59 pm
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200 Montgomery Hwy, Vestavia, AL 35216200 Montgomery Hwy
Open until 6:00 pm
  • Mon 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Tue 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Wed 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Thu 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Fri 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Sat 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Sun 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
3.98(137 reviews)
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1652 Montclair Rd, Irondale, AL 352101652 Montclair Rd
Open until 6:00 pm
  • Mon 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Tue 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Wed 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Thu 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Fri 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Sat 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Sun 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
4.01(180 reviews)
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AFC Urgent Care, Birmingham - 1652 Montclair Rd, Irondale
Nice front office staff. Nice vitals nurse. Nice nurse checked on us to offer a refreshment. Wait time not bad, and I dont feel ignored.
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1 W Lakeshore Dr, Birmingham, AL 352091 W Lakeshore Dr
Open until 8:00 pm
  • Mon 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Tue 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Wed 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Thu 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Fri 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Sat 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Sun 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm
3.0(11 reviews)
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3000 Cahaba Village Pl, Birmingham, AL 352433000 Cahaba Village Pl
Open until 6:00 pm
  • Mon 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Tue 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Wed 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Thu 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Fri 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Sat 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Sun 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
4.7(89 reviews)
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AFC Urgent Care, Cahaba Village - 3000 Cahaba Village Pl, Birmingham
Appreciated everything that the NP, Conrad did for me. He explained things so well and didn’t seem bothered at all by my questions. He was very sincere.
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790 Montgomery Hwy, Spring Hill, AL 35216790 Montgomery Hwy
Open until 9:00 pm
  • Mon 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Tue 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Wed 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Thu 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Fri 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Sat 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Sun10:00 am - 4:00 pm
2.7(23 reviews)
points 22 minutes ago Sun Coast is the best place to go. Staff is professional and courteous. I see a lot of patients complaining about the wait time but you have to understand that since Covid hit they are understaffed and get no lunch breaks. They are doing the best they can under the circumstances. The wait may be long but once you are called you get the best care possible. I highly recommend Sun Coast.
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1311 Decatur Hwy, Fultondale, AL 350681311 Decatur Hwy
Open until 5:00 pm
  • Mon 7:45 am - 5:00 pm
  • Tue 7:45 am - 5:00 pm
  • Wed 7:45 am - 5:00 pm
  • Thu 7:45 am - 5:00 pm
  • Fri 7:45 am - 5:00 pm
  • SatClosed
  • SunClosed
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Community Urgent Care, Fultondale - 1311 Decatur Hwy
Was fast and easy, I was in and out,received my covid test and was treated for a upper respiratory infection in less than a hour
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110 Oxmoor Ct, Birmingham, AL 35209110 Oxmoor Ct
Open until 5:00 pm
  • Mon 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Tue 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Wed 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Thu 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Fri 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Sat 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Sun 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Concentra Urgent Care - 110 Oxmoor Ct, Birmingham
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339 Walker Chapel Plaza, Fultondale, AL 35068339 Walker Chapel Plaza
Open until 6:00 pm
  • Mon 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Tue 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Wed 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Thu 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Fri 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Sat 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • Sun 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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1664 Forestdale Blvd, Forestdale, AL 352141664 Forestdale Blvd
Open until 6:00 pm
  • Mon 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Tue 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Wed 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Thu 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Fri 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Sat 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Sun 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
4.2(91 reviews)
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AFC Urgent Care, Birmingham - 1664 Forestdale Blvd, Forestdale
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Alabama Ear Wax Removal

Ear wax shields your ears from dirt, bacteria, and other microscopic particles that might irritate your ear canal and cause hearing loss. Too much ear wax, on the other hand, might clog your ear canal and cause hearing loss. Knowing how to remove ear wax in a safe and effective manner can help you protect your hearing and ear health.

About ear wax — why do we have ear wax?

Ear wax is a natural substance that protects your ears by collecting microscopic debris such as dust and bacteria that may otherwise enter and harm them. Ear wax also protects the sensitive skin inside your ear canal from water-related discomfort, according to the National Library of Medicine (NLM).

Ear wax collects dead skin cells, debris, and hair as it flows from the inside of your ears to the outside of the ear canal. Ear wax has antibacterial and antifungal characteristics, according to Harvard Medical School, making it an efficient natural ear cleanser. It goes on to say that if your ears don't create or contain enough ear wax, they'll be itchy and painful.

Treatment of a common ear condition

According to the National Library of Medicine, removing ear wax can help you prevent and avoid hearing loss. Most cases of ear wax buildup, according to the National Library of Medicine, can be treated at home using procedures that soften the wax so it can be readily removed or washed out. It goes on to say that in some cases, you may need to seek medical assistance to avoid hurting your ears or triggering an infection.

Hearing loss caused by ear wax buildup is usually transitory and goes away once the blockage is removed, according to the National Library of Medicine. Hearing loss that persists after removing ear wax should be evaluated and treated by a doctor.

The side effects of excessive ear wax

According to the National Library of Medicine, excessive ear wax can cause ear discomfort and hearing issues. Ear pain, the sense of blocked ears, and tinnitus (inner ear noises) are all frequent adverse effects of ear wax buildup, according to the National Library of Medicine. You may also have a partial hearing loss that worsens with time.

The development of ear wax

Cerumen is another name for ear wax. According to Harvard Medical School, it is a mixture of secretions from sebaceous glands and sweat glands in the outer ear canal's walls.

When you chew or chat with your jaw, the secretions pass through the inner ear canal and into the outer ear canal, where they dry out and flake. According to Harvard Medical School, this permits older ear wax deposits to flow out or be removed more readily from your ears..

Where wax comes from

Ear wax is a natural ear cleanser produced by glands in the ear canal to protect your ears from dangerous dirt and other debris, according to Harvard Medical School. It goes on to say that no one knows why some people have greater ear wax problems than others.

According to the University of Texas at Austin, older people with coarse, wiry hairs in their ears have higher ear wax buildup difficulties than others. Hearing aid users have more ear wax than non-users, owing to the fact that some hearing aids are constructed in such a way that wax cannot readily move out of the ear canal.

Ear wax removal tips

Cotton swabs are commonly used to remove ear wax accumulation. According to UC San Diego, many medical specialists advise against employing this procedure since it can push wax deeper into the ear canal. It goes on to say that the easiest approach to clean your ears is to use wax-softening ear drops, which can be found at almost any pharmacy.

The National Library of Medicine recommends using baby oil or mineral oil to soften ear wax. Once you can see the wax, you can easily remove it from the outer ear canal with a small piece of cloth or tissue wrapped around your finger.

If you're having trouble removing ear wax, the National Library of Medicine suggests seeing a doctor. Other irrigation methods, as well as a curette or suction equipment, can be used by a doctor to eliminate ear wax.

Tips for hearing-aid wearers

The National Library of Medicine recommends that people who use hearing aids have their ear canals examined for extra wax every three to six months. According to Harvard Medical School, ear wax is responsible for 60 percent to 70% of hearing aid degradation. If you use a hearing aid, have your doctor examine your ears at least once every six months for ear wax buildup.

Ear Wax Removal FAQs

  • What will happen if I don’t clean my ears?

    If you don't clean your ears regularly, you may develop an excessive amount of ear wax. The National Institutes of Health lists pain or itching in the ear, ringing in the ear, and a sense that the ear is full or clogged as signs of too much ear wax (NIH). If you do not clean your ears, you may have odor or discharge from the ear, as well as hearing loss, according to the NIH.

  • Should I do anything to prevent a buildup of ear wax?

    You don't need to do anything to keep ear wax from accumulating. However, if ear wax does build up, you should remove it yourself or get it removed by a medical professional to avoid hearing loss and ear discomfort, according to the National Library of Medicine.

  • What symptoms can be caused by too much ear wax?

    According to the National Library of Medicine, too much ear wax can produce symptoms such as earache, fullness in the ear, tinnitus, and partial hearing loss.

  • Does it hurt to remove ear wax?

    Ear cleaning procedures for removing ear wax should not be painful. If you're having trouble eliminating ear wax, the National Library of Medicine suggests consulting a medical practitioner for assistance

  • If ear wax is removed, will my hearing improve?

    According to the National Library of Medicine, if the ear wax obstruction is cleared, your hearing will usually return entirely. Ear wax buildup usually causes transient hearing loss that lasts until your ears are cleaned.

  • How often should I remove wax from my ears?

    Your ear wax should naturally come out when your body no longer requires it, according to the National Institutes of Health. It goes on to say that you should only clean your ears if you have symptoms of too much ear wax or if you can see wax near the end of the ear canal.

  • Is removing ear wax costly?

    According to the National Institutes of Health, the cost of removing ear wax varies depending on the method used. Based on your budget and income, your healthcare professional may be able to propose the best ear wax removal procedure for you.

  • Do cotton swabs remove wax from the ear?

  • Where can I get ear wax removed in Alabama?

    Your primary care physician or a specialist who specializes in ear, nose, and throat health can remove ear wax. To find nearby providers of this service, use Solv to find an ear wax removal service and book an appointment for the same-day or next-day.

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