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Professional Ear Wax Removal
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3251 20th Ave, San Francisco, CA 941323251 20th Ave
Open until 7:00 pm
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4.69(54 reviews)
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Carbon Health Urgent Care, SF Stonestown - 3251 20th Ave
It was great. Friendly, and knowledgeable provider.

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1600 Market St, San Francisco, CA 941021600 Market St
Open until 8:00 pm
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4.8(2.8k reviews)
This clinic is rated highly in patient reviews and ratings

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Dignity Health- GoHealth Urgent Care, Market Street - 1600 Market St, San Francisco

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2895 Diamond St, San Francisco, CA 941312895 Diamond St
Open until 8:00 pm
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4.9(5.6k reviews)
This clinic has shorter than average waiting periods

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Dignity Health- GoHealth Urgent Care, Glen Park - 2895 Diamond St, San Francisco
Melanie went out of her way to accommodate my husband and me when we came in to get Covid tests. Due to our unforeseen scheduling error, we didn't have an appointment at that time, but she said we could wait in case she could fit us in between patients, even though they were fully booked. She was able to complete our tests quickly and courteously. We were extremely pleased with the care we received. Thanks, Melanie!

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199 W Portal Ave, San Francisco, CA 94127199 W Portal Ave
Open until 8:00 pm
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4.8(6.1k reviews)
This clinic has shorter than average waiting periods

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Dignity Health- GoHealth Urgent Care, West Portal - 199 W Portal Ave, San Francisco
clean and nicely decorated. the staff is super friendly and helpful. i honestly wouldn’t go anywhere else

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1390 Market St, San Francisco, CA 941021390 Market St
Open until 7:00 pm
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4.36(25 reviews)
Carbon Health Urgent Care, SF Civic Center - 1390 Market St
Always far exceeds expectations.

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1998 Market St, San Francisco, CA 941021998 Market St
Open until 7:00 pm
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4.24(37 reviews)
Carbon Health Urgent Care, Castro - 1998 Market St
Dr Fitzpatrick was thoughtful and attentive and did what tests she could. Her diagnosis of pneumonia was not confirmed by the staff at CPMC, however. It seems I have some sort of infection, maybe more than one—perhaps bronchitis for one. The high pulse rate was due to dehydration. BTW the X-ray copy I took to the hospital was incompatible with its system. Nonetheless I appreciate the care I was given at Carbon.

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2131 Irving St, San Francisco, CA 941222131 Irving St
Open until 7:00 pm
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4.41(37 reviews)
Carbon Health Urgent Care, Irving St. - 2131 Irving St
This was probably best urgent care I have ever been to.

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2288 Market St, San Francisco, CA 941142288 Market St
Open until 8:00 pm
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4.3(209 reviews)
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Dignity Health- GoHealth Urgent Care, Castro - 2288 Market St, San Francisco

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170 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133170 Columbus Ave
Open until 8:00 pm
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4.25(12 reviews)
This clinic has shorter than average waiting periods

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Dignity Health- GoHealth Urgent Care, North Beach - 170 Columbus Ave, San Francisco
Second time here, service is excellent and I’ll be back again!

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930 Cole St, San Francisco, CA 94117930 Cole St
Open until 8:00 pm
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4.4(57 reviews)
Dignity Health- GoHealth Urgent Care, Cole Valley - 930 Cole St, San Francisco

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2395 Lombard St, San Francisco, CA 941232395 Lombard St
Open until 8:00 pm
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4.0(80 reviews)
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Dignity Health- GoHealth Urgent Care, Lombard - 2395 Lombard St, San Francisco

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2690 5th St, Alameda, CA 945012690 5th St
Open until 7:00 pm
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4.42(48 reviews)
This clinic has shorter than average waiting periods

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Carbon Health Urgent Care, Alameda Landing - 2690 5th St
Excellent experience. The provider was thorough and explained everything very well. All of the staff I interacted with were professional and pleasant.

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325 Gellert Blvd, Daly City, CA 94015325 Gellert Blvd
Open until 8:00 pm
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4.8(8.3k reviews)
This clinic is rated highly in patient reviews and ratings

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Dignity Health- GoHealth Urgent Care, Daly City - 325 Gellert Blvd, Daly City

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1310 El Camino Real, San Bruno, CA 940661310 El Camino Real
Open until 8:00 pm
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4.9(8.1k reviews)
This clinic is rated highly in patient reviews and ratings

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Dignity Health- GoHealth Urgent Care, San Bruno - 1310 El Camino Real, San Bruno

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411 Grand Ave, Oakland, CA 94610411 Grand Ave
Open until 6:00 pm
  • Mon 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
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4.33(60 reviews)
Carbon Health Urgent Care, Oakland - 411 Grand Ave
Nurse Wing was phenomenal. Knowledgeable, considerate and compassionate. Support staff excellent as well.

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3900 Piedmont Ave, Oakland, CA 946113900 Piedmont Ave
Open until 8:00 pm
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4.9(8.7k reviews)
This clinic is rated highly in patient reviews and ratings

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Dignity Health- GoHealth Urgent Care, Piedmont Ave - 3900 Piedmont Ave, Oakland

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750 Redwood Hwy, Mill Valley, CA 94941750 Redwood Hwy
Open until 8:00 pm
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4.8(13k reviews)
This clinic is rated highly in patient reviews and ratings

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Dignity Health- GoHealth Urgent Care, Mill Valley - 750 Redwood Hwy

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1080 Monroe St, Albany, CA 947061080 Monroe St
Open until 7:00 pm
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4.7(87 reviews)
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Carbon Health Urgent Care, Albany - 1080 Monroe St
I couldn’t ask for better care than I received.

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2671 Blanding Ave, Alameda, CA 945012671 Blanding Ave
Open until 5:00 pm
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4.63(46 reviews)
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Carbon Health Urgent Care, Alameda, Bridgeside Center - 2671 Blanding Ave
Wait time was good, got in at 1:40pm for my 1:30pm appointment. Staff was friendly and explained things to me. I did kind of get the impression that they were tired of me because I was trying to ask clarifying questions to make sure that later on I will not be thinking about the questions I was afraid to ask :P. It’s very easy for me to just accept what I’m told, and not ask anything, but I’m trying to learn to advocate for myself because it seems like that’s what is needed in healthcare. But I could tell they were definitely getting tired of me asking my dumb questions and just repeating answers they already gave because I was obviously didn’t hear it the first time. I probably need to work on my communication skills because I don’t feel like either of us felt like we were getting through to the other person. It felt like we both felt like we knew what the other person was saying and that they just weren’t willing to hear it.

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2920 Telegraph Ave, Berkeley, CA 947052920 Telegraph Ave
Open until 7:00 pm
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4.2(61 reviews)
Carbon Health Urgent Care, Berkeley - 2920 Telegraph Ave
First time here. Clinician had a clear plan for aleviating my issue.

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About Professional Ear Wax Removal

Dirt, bacteria, and other small particles that could irritate your ear canal and cause hearing loss are shielded by ear wax. On the other side, too much ear wax can obstruct your ear canal and cause hearing loss. Knowing how to safely and effectively remove ear wax can help you safeguard your hearing and ear health.

Why do we have ear wax?

Ear wax is a natural substance that protects your ears by trapping microscopic debris like dust and bacteria that might otherwise injure them. According to the National Library of Medicine, ear wax also protects the sensitive skin inside your ear canal from water-related irritation (NLM).

As it moves from the inside of your ears to the outside of the ear canal, ear wax gathers dead skin cells, debris, and hair. According to Harvard Medical School, ear wax has antibacterial and antifungal properties, making it an effective natural ear cleanser. It continues by stating that if your ears do not produce or hold enough ear wax, they will be itchy and unpleasant.

Treatment of a common ear condition

Ear wax removal, according to the National Library of Medicine, can help you prevent and avoid hearing loss. According to the National Library of Medicine, most cases of ear wax buildup can be treated at home using treatments that soften the wax so it can be easily removed or washed out. It goes on to state that you may need to seek medical help in some circumstances to avoid injuring your ears or causing an infection.

According to the National Library of Medicine, hearing loss caused by ear wax buildup is usually temporary and disappears after the blockage is removed. Hearing loss that persists after wax removal should be checked and treated by a physician.

The side effects of excessive ear wax

Excessive ear wax can cause ear discomfort and hearing problems, according to the National Library of Medicine. According to the National Library of Medicine, ear wax buildup is associated with ear pain, a perception of blocked ears, and tinnitus (inner ear noises). It's also possible that you have a partial hearing loss that gets worse with time.

The development of ear wax

Ear wax is also known as cerumen. It is a mixture of secretions from sebaceous glands and sweat glands in the outer ear canal's walls, according to Harvard Medical School.

Secretions flow through the inner ear canal and into the outer ear canal when you chew or talk with your jaw, where they dry out and flake. This allows older ear wax deposits to flow out or be removed more easily, according to Harvard Medical School.

Where wax comes from

According to Harvard Medical School, ear wax is a natural ear cleanser produced by glands in the ear canal to protect your ears from harmful dirt and other waste. No one knows why some people have more ear wax problems than others, according to the article.

Older adults with coarse, wiry hairs in their ears have more ear wax buildup problems than others, according to the University of Texas at Austin. Because some hearing aids are designed in such a way that wax cannot easily flow out of the ear canal, hearing aid users have more ear wax than non-users.

Ear wax removal tips

Cotton swabs are frequently used to remove ear wax buildup. Many medical experts advise against using this treatment, according to UC San Diego, because it can push wax deeper into the ear canal. It goes on to state that using wax-softening ear drops, which can be obtained at practically any pharmacy, is the easiest way to clean your ears.

To soften ear wax, the National Library of Medicine suggests using baby oil or mineral oil. With a small piece of cloth or tissue wrapped around your finger, you may simply remove the wax from the outer ear canal once you can see it.

The National Library of Medicine recommends consulting a doctor if you're having problems removing ear wax. A doctor can employ other irrigation procedures, as well as a curette or suction equipment, to remove ear wax.

Tips for hearing-aid wearers

Hearing aid users should have their ear canals inspected for additional wax every three to six months, according to the National Library of Medicine. Ear wax is responsible for 60 percent to 70% of hearing aid degradation, according to Harvard Medical School. If you wear a hearing aid, have your doctor check your ears for ear wax buildup at least once every six months.

Ear Wax Removal FAQs

  • How much does an ear wax removal cost in San Francisco?

    Without insurance, an ear wax extraction in San Francisco can cost between $40 and $110. If your insurance covers ear wax removal, you will typically only be responsible for a $5 to $75 copay.

  • Is ear wax removal covered by my insurance?

    Ear wax extractions and consultations with ENT specialists are sometimes covered by insurance, especially if your problem is severe. Book a consultation and check your coverage in the San Francisco area today.

  • How can I book an ear wax removal in San Francisco?

    Regardless of the kind of doctor you are looking for for an eye exam, Solv can help you book an appointment. Simply search for San Francisco-area eye doctors, find a provider, and book the most convenient time for you. Be sure to include any pertinent issues you are dealing with and include “eye exam” as your reason for visit.

  • Can I make a same-day appointment for ear wax removal in San Francisco?

    Same-day and next-day appointments for eye exams are available through Solv. Search for San Francisco-area doctors, find a provider, and book an ear wax removal as early as today.

  • How do I find the top-rated ENT specialists in San Francisco?

    Solv gathers reviews, ratings, and other data on San Francisco-area ENT specialists to ensure the clinics provided meet our standards. Search for an ENT specialist, see what previous patients think, and book an ear-wax removal with a top-rated doctor today!

  • Who should get an ear wax removed?

    Individuals who are experiencing hearing loss, ear pain, leakage, or unusual coughs should book an appointment for an ear wax extraction.

  • Are video visits available with ENT specialists in San Francisco?

    While a thorough ENT examination cannot be performed over video, your doctor can evaluate you or your child for most concerns, such as loss of hearing, ear pain, leakage or other basic concerns using telemedicine. They can discuss a care plan, prescribe ear wax softeners, and recommend an in-person visit if deemed necessary, all while you are safe and comfortable at home in San Francisco.

  • Are video visits with ENT specialists covered by my insurance?

    Telemedicine ear wax removal consultation coverage will vary depending on your circumstances. Typically, if your insurance will not cover an in-person visit, it won’t cover similar appointments via telehealth. Since routine ENT consultations are usually covered by medical insurance, it is likely video visits with ENTs will be similarly covered.

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

    According to the National Library of Medicine, clearing the ear wax obstruction usually restores your hearing completely. Hearing loss is commonly caused by ear wax buildup and lasts until your ears are cleaned.

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

    You may develop an excessive amount of ear wax if you do not clean your ears on a regular basis. Pain or itching in the ear, ringing in the ear, and a feeling that the ear is full or clogged are all symptoms of too much ear wax, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH). According to the National Institutes of Health, if you do not clean your ears, you may experience odor or discharge from the ear, as well as hearing loss.

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