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14614 Victory Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 9141114614 Victory Blvd
Open until 8:00 pm
  • Mon 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Tue 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
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  • Fri 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Sat 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Sun 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
4.84(229 reviews)
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Visit Health Urgent Care, Van Nuys - 14614 Victory Blvd
I couldn't get sleep last night.I was up every hour, trying to use the bathroom but couldn't.I probably had no symptoms at first, but this weekend I developed a system of frequent urination. I had abdominal pain and felt like I couldn’t completely relieve myself. The staff was really pleasant and patient with me while trying to verify my insurance. The office was clean and secure. There was free parking at the back of the building. I enjoyed how quickly and well they took care of me, and I would return for all my emergency needs.

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6150 Laurel Canyon Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 916066150 Laurel Canyon Blvd
Open until 7:00 pm
  • Mon 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
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4.67(55 reviews)
Carbon Health Urgent Care, Noho West - 6150 Laurel Canyon Blvd
We've used Carbon Health a few times over the last year and every time the experience is great.  Soooo easy to schedule, lots of availabilities, facility is clean and modern, staff is great, etc.  Always feel taken care of and leave feeling better.

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4550 Van Nuys Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 914034550 Van Nuys Blvd
Open until 7:00 pm
  • Mon 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
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4.55(82 reviews)
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Carbon Health Urgent Care, Sherman Oaks - 4550 Van Nuys Blvd
Got in 10 minutes after making the appointment. The place has such a calm ambiance. Everyone was so nice and helpful. The physician took a lot of time to listen and was so caring. Loved everything about it!

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9335 Reseda Blvd, Northridge, CA 913249335 Reseda Blvd
Open until 7:00 pm
  • Mon 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
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  • Fri 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Sat10:00 am - 3:00 pm
  • SunClosed
4.81(5.8k reviews)
This clinic is rated highly in patient reviews and ratings

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Valley Urgent Care, Northridge - 9335 Reseda Blvd, Northridge
I made a schedule through online I was there 10:20 and my appointment is 10:30 I waited for almost 40 minutes just to do the covid test

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2813 N Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 900312813 N Broadway
Open until 9:00 pm
  • Mon 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  • Tue 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  • Wed 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  • Thu 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  • Fri 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  • Sat 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
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4.4(5 reviews)
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Lincoln Heights Urgent Care - 2813 N Broadway, Los Angeles

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2110 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 900262110 Sunset Blvd
Open until 7:00 pm
  • Mon 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Tue 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
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4.11(38 reviews)
Carbon Health Urgent Care, Echo Park - 2110 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles
Dr. Colin & PT/PA Lauren? Were wonderful. Appt was at 4:15pm, 10/31z. Kudos to staff on duty.

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4700 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 900194700 W Pico Blvd
Open until 7:00 pm
  • Mon 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Tue 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Wed 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Thu 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Fri 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
  • Sat 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Sun 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
4.23(64 reviews)
Carbon Health Urgent Care, Los Angeles - Midtown Crossing - 4700 W Pico Blvd
The nurse practitioner was able to help me. She was professional and friendly.

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13365 Washington Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 9006613365 Washington Blvd
Open until 7:00 pm
  • Mon 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
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  • Sun 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
4.21(53 reviews)
Carbon Health Urgent Care, Marina Del Rey - Washington Blvd - 13365 Washington Blvd
needed some medical attention, found this spot online and was able to book an appointment next day. really nice team overall and got my issue sorted through good care

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21835 Ventura Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 9136421835 Ventura Blvd
Open until 7:00 pm
  • Mon 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
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  • Wed 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Thu 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Fri 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • SatClosed
  • Sun 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
4.25(60 reviews)
Carbon Health Urgent Care, Woodland Hills - 21835 Ventura Blvd
Scheduling error online. Major conflict. The staff was SO KIND and accommodated me.

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5995 Topanga Canyon Blvd, Woodland Hills, CA 913675995 Topanga Canyon Blvd
Open until 4:30 pm
  • Mon 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
  • Tue 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
  • Wed 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
  • Thu 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
  • Fri 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
  • SatClosed
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3.89(37 reviews)
Everyone was very helpful. I booked the appointment the night before for 9 o’clock when they open. I got right in and Dr. Emanuel came in. He was very thorough and answered all my questions and prescribe medication for me. I have been to urgent care a few times before and everyone is always so wonderful. I would recommend urgent care. I have insurance that covers everything. That was not a worry for me! I had booked my appointment the night before online.

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4847 Petit Ave, Los Angeles, CA 914364847 Petit Ave
Open until 9:00 pm
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Elite Urgent Care, Encino - 4847 Petit Ave
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797 S Arroyo Pkwy, Pasadena, CA 91105797 S Arroyo Pkwy
Open until 7:45 pm
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  • Sat 9:00 am - 4:45 pm
  • Sun 9:00 am - 4:45 pm
4.55(694 reviews)
Advanced Urgent Care of Pasadena, Next to Petco and Starbucks! - 797 S Arroyo Pkwy, Pasadena
Easy all around.  Easy scheduling using their website.  Checkin was prompt and the office manager was extremely kind and efficient.  I received excellent care and would recommend them to anyone nearby.  There is ample street parking before 3pm and a parking lot in the rear of their building.

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4155 Tweedy Blvd, South Gate, CA 902804155 Tweedy Blvd
Open until 5:00 pm
  • Mon 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Tue 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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  • Sun 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
1.0(1 reviews)
Marque Urgent Care, Clínica Bienestar, South Gate - 4155 Tweedy Blvd

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8900 Venice Blvd., Culver City, CA 902328900 Venice Blvd.
Open until 7:00 pm
  • Mon 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Tue 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
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  • Thu 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Fri 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Sat 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Sun 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
4.52(67 reviews)
Carbon Health Urgent Care, Culver City Ivy Station - 8900 Venice Blvd.
It was easy to schedule but had to wait longer than expected.  Doctor said she would send exercises for my vertigo but never received it.

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600 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91101600 E Colorado Blvd
Open until 7:00 pm
  • Mon 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Tue 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
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4.45(104 reviews)
Carbon Health Urgent Care, Pasadena - 600 E Colorado Blvd
easy to make an appointment no wait. quick easy results and diagnosis.

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11806 Whittier Blvd, Whittier, CA 9060111806 Whittier Blvd
Open until 5:00 pm
  • Mon 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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  • Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Sun 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
4.89(53 reviews)
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Carbon Health Urgent Care, Whittier  - 11806 Whittier Blvd
First time here and everyone was super friendly and the facility is really clean. I decided to come here due to symptoms of a sinus infection. I love how easy it was to make an appt, especially same day! I also saw a sign that they take walk ins. Overall great experience!

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3032 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 904033032 Wilshire Blvd
Open until 7:00 pm
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4.34(38 reviews)
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Carbon Health Urgent Care, Santa Monica - 3032 Wilshire Blvd
Very quick service, and great care! Great communication and I felt in good hands.

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15141 Whittier Blvd, Whittier, CA 9060315141 Whittier Blvd
Open until 5:00 pm
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4.49(583 reviews)
AME Medical Group, Whittier II Urgent Care - 15141 Whittier Blvd
Dr. Godbole saw me about severe sunburn on my face and educated me on proper next steps. She really care about the well being of her patients as she called me over the weekend to check if the prescription was affective. She went out of her way and represents Solvhealth very well!

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2010 E Carson St, Long Beach, CA 908072010 E Carson St
Open until 7:00 pm
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4.38(100 reviews)
Carbon Health Urgent Care, Long Beach, Carson St. - 2010 E Carson St
was quick, the np who treated me Enrico was pleasant and know what he is doung.

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415 N Pacific Coast Hwy, Redondo Beach, CA 90277415 N Pacific Coast Hwy
Open until 7:00 pm
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4.74(86 reviews)
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Carbon Health Urgent Care, Redondo Beach - 415 N Pacific Coast Hwy
Kind and knowledgeable staff that listens and follows up with patients. A true gem in the community!

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California 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 California?

    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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