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2311 Lime Kiln Ln, Louisville, KY 402222311 Lime Kiln Ln
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 - 7:00 pm
  • Sat 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
  • Sun 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
MinuteClinic® at CVS®, Lime Kiln Lane, Louisville - 2311 Lime Kiln Ln, Louisville
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10490 Shelbyville Rd, Louisville, KY 4022310490 Shelbyville 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 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
  • Sun 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
MinuteClinic® at CVS®, Shelbyville Rd, Louisville - 10490 Shelbyville Rd, Louisville
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100 E Liberty St, Louisville, KY 40202100 E Liberty St
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
  • Sat10:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • SunClosed
3.4(5 reviews)
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219 E Broadway, Louisville, KY 40202219 E Broadway
4.0(1 reviews)
I was seen quickly, Dr Haq explains everything.. Very informative
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530 S Jackson St, Louisville, KY 40202530 S Jackson St
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1002 Spring St, Jeffersonville, IN 471301002 Spring St
Open until 7:00 pm
  • Mon 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Tue 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Wed 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Thu 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Fri 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Sat 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
  • Sun 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
MinuteClinic® at CVS®, Spring St, Jeffersonville - 1002 Spring St, Jeffersonville
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220 E Lewis and Clark Pkwy, Clarksville, IN 47129220 E Lewis and Clark Pkwy
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 - 7:00 pm
  • Sat 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Sun 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
5.0(2 reviews)
This clinic has shorter than average waiting periods

Short Wait Time

Walgreens - 220 E Lewis and Clark Pkwy, Clarksville
Made appointment and was seen right on time. Love that all records are shared with my Norton physician.
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2440 Bardstown Rd, Louisville, KY 402052440 Bardstown Rd
The Little Clinic at Kroger - 2440 Bardstown Rd, Louisville
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2470 Bardstown Rd, Louisville, KY 402052470 Bardstown Rd
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
  • Sun 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
5.0(1 reviews)
This clinic has shorter than average waiting periods

Short Wait Time

Due to a in home accident l was there today around noon. Kara Saling, nurse practitioner needs to be on "kids stitch list!" That beautiful caring lady said it may pinch.. l felt barely a prick and absolutely nothing until she finished putting stitches in my browline. Her kind, patient skills and amazing technique is one KIDS would love but we all are privileged to receive her expertise. I have been to this location several times. Always treated with great service and respect.
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2051 Clevidence Blvd, Clarksville, IN 471292051 Clevidence Blvd
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
  • SunClosed
3.63(4 reviews)
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2916 Peach Blossom Dr, Jeffersonville, IN 471302916 Peach Blossom Dr
Open until 5:00 pm
  • Mon 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Tue 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Wed 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Thu 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Fri 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • SatClosed
  • SunClosed
2.94(8 reviews)
I have been going here for two years and love the nurse practitioner! She’s the best and I highly recommend her.
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3118 E 10th St, Jeffersonville, IN 471303118 E 10th St
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
  • Sun 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
3.19(8 reviews)
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5201 S 3rd St, Louisville, KY 402145201 S 3rd St
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 - 7:00 pm
  • Sat 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Sun 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Walgreens - 5201 S 3rd St, Louisville
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4420 Dixie Hwy, Louisville, KY 402164420 Dixie Hwy
Open until 9:00 pm
  • Mon 7:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Tue 7:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Wed 7:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Thu 7:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Fri 7:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Sat 7:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Sun 7:00 am - 9:00 pm
2.17(6 reviews)
This clinic has shorter than average waiting periods

Short Wait Time

Pleasant, professional, efficient staff. Seen relatively fast in relation to the crowded waiting room. APRN S. Gurung was thorough and provided excellent treatment. Would definitely schedule again if needed.
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2020 Bashford Manor Ln, Louisville, KY 402182020 Bashford Manor Ln
Open until 7:00 pm
  • Mon 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Tue 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Wed 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Thu 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Fri 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Sat 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Sun10:15 am - 5:00 pm
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2021 Hikes Ln, Louisville, KY 402182021 Hikes Ln
Open until 7:30 pm
  • Mon 9:00 am - 7:30 pm
  • Tue 9:00 am - 7:30 pm
  • Wed 9:00 am - 7:30 pm
  • Thu 9:00 am - 7:30 pm
  • Fri 9:00 am - 7:30 pm
  • Sat 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Sun 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Walgreens - 2021 Hikes Ln, Louisville
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3605 Northgate Ct, New Albany, IN 471503605 Northgate Ct
Open until 8:00 pm
  • Mon 7:30 am - 8:00 pm
  • Tue 7:30 am - 8:00 pm
  • Wed 7:30 am - 8:00 pm
  • Thu 7:30 am - 8:00 pm
  • Fri 7:30 am - 8:00 pm
  • Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • SunClosed
2.0(4 reviews)
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4240 Shelbyville Rd, Louisville, KY 402074240 Shelbyville Rd
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 - 7:00 pm
  • Sat 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Sun 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Walgreens - 4240 Shelbyville Rd, Louisville
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5100 Dixie Hwy, Louisville, KY 402165100 Dixie Hwy
Open until 7:30 pm
  • Mon 8:00 am - 7:30 pm
  • Tue 8:00 am - 7:30 pm
  • Wed 8:00 am - 7:30 pm
  • Thu 8:00 am - 7:30 pm
  • Fri 8:00 am - 7:30 pm
  • Sat 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Sun 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Walgreens - 5100 Dixie Hwy, Louisville
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5129 Dixie Hwy, Louisville, KY 402165129 Dixie Hwy
Open until 9:00 pm
  • Mon 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  • Tue 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  • Wed 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  • Thu 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  • Fri 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  • Sat12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
  • SunClosed
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2232 Holiday Manor Center, Louisville, KY 402222232 Holiday Manor Center
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 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
4.63(4 reviews)
This clinic has shorter than average waiting periods

Short Wait Time

I have had excellent, thorough, professional care at the Northfield urgent care facility. Office staff is always kind and helpful. The two doctors there are wonderful. Highly recommend this facility.
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2219 Holiday Manor Center, Louisville, KY 402222219 Holiday Manor Center
The Little Clinic at Kroger - 2219 Holiday Manor Center, Louisville
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3605 Fern Valley Rd, Louisville, KY 402193605 Fern Valley Rd
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 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
2.33(3 reviews)
Sarah Daniel, NP, was outstanding, along with the rest of the staff. Couldn’t have asked for a better experience. Thank you!
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2327 Lime Kiln Ln, Louisville, KY 402222327 Lime Kiln Ln
Open until 8:00 pm
  • Mon10:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Tue10:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Wed10:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Thu10:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Fri10:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Sat10:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • SunClosed
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3039 Breckenridge Ln, Louisville, KY 402203039 Breckenridge Ln
1.0(2 reviews)
This clinic has shorter than average waiting periods

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The Little Clinic at Kroger - 3039 Breckenridge Ln, Louisville
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5533 New Cut Rd, Louisville, KY 402145533 New Cut Rd
The Little Clinic at Kroger - 5533 New Cut Rd, Louisville
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5130 Charlestown Rd, New Albany, IN 471505130 Charlestown Rd
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 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
3.5(2 reviews)
Baptist Health Urgent Care, Charlestown Road - 5130 Charlestown Rd, New Albany
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1321 Herr Ln, Louisville, KY 402221321 Herr Ln
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
  • SunClosed
2.55(11 reviews)
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175 Outer Loop, Louisville, KY 40214175 Outer Loop
Open until 7:00 pm
  • Mon 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Tue 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Wed 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Thu 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Fri 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Sat 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Sun10:15 am - 5:00 pm
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800 Highlander Point Dr, Floyds Knobs, IN 47119800 Highlander Point 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 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Sun 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Baptist Health Urgent Care, Highlander Point - 800 Highlander Point Dr, Floyds Knobs
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7926 Preston Hwy, Okolona, KY 402197926 Preston 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
  • Sun 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
2.33(3 reviews)
Dr. Karen Waters was great, very nice and helpful. Quick action on her part helped with my condition. Thanks, Dr Karen Waters.
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2360 Stony Brook Dr, Louisville, KY 402202360 Stony Brook Dr
Open until 7:30 pm
  • Mon 8:00 am - 7:30 pm
  • Tue 8:00 am - 7:30 pm
  • Wed 8:00 am - 7:30 pm
  • Thu 8:00 am - 7:30 pm
  • Fri 8:00 am - 7:30 pm
  • Sat 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Sun 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Walgreens - 2360 Stony Brook Dr, Louisville
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5100 Outer Loop, Louisville, KY 402195100 Outer Loop
Open until 9:00 pm
  • Mon 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  • Tue 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  • Wed 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  • Thu 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  • Fri 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  • Sat 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • SunUnknown
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9080 Taylorsville Rd, Louisville, KY 402999080 Taylorsville Rd
5.0(1 reviews)
This clinic has shorter than average waiting periods

Short Wait Time

The Little Clinic at Kroger - 9080 Taylorsville Rd, Louisville
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7092 Distribution Dr, Louisville, KY 402587092 Distribution Dr
Open until 4:30 pm
  • Mon 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
  • Tue 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
  • Wed 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
  • Thu 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
  • Fri 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • SatClosed
  • SunClosed
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9440 Brownsboro Rd, Louisville, KY 402419440 Brownsboro Rd
The Little Clinic at Kroger - 9440 Brownsboro Rd, Louisville
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3215 Westport Green Pl, Louisville, KY 402413215 Westport Green Pl
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 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
5.0(2 reviews)
This clinic is rated highly in patient reviews and ratings

Highly Rated

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9880 Angies Way, Louisville, KY 402419880 Angies Way
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
  • Sun 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
1.83(6 reviews)
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10216 Taylorsville Rd, Louisville, KY 4029910216 Taylorsville Rd
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 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
1.0(4 reviews)
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11630 Commonwealth Dr, Louisville, KY 4029911630 Commonwealth Dr
3.5(2 reviews)
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12010 Shelbyville Rd, Louisville, KY 4024312010 Shelbyville Rd
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 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
3.57(7 reviews)
This clinic has shorter than average waiting periods

Short Wait Time

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12101 Shelbyville Rd, Middletown, KY 4024312101 Shelbyville Rd
Open until 7:30 pm
  • Mon 8:00 am - 7:30 pm
  • Tue 8:00 am - 7:30 pm
  • Wed 8:00 am - 7:30 pm
  • Thu 8:00 am - 7:30 pm
  • Fri 8:00 am - 7:30 pm
  • Sat 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Sun 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Walgreens - 12101 Shelbyville Rd, Middletown
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11901 Standiford Plaza Dr, Louisville, KY 4022911901 Standiford Plaza Dr
Open until 7:00 pm
  • Mon 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Tue 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Wed 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Thu 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Fri 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Sat 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Sun10:15 am - 5:00 pm
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12501 Shelbyville Rd, Middletown, KY 4024312501 Shelbyville Rd
3.0(2 reviews)
This clinic is rated highly in reviews for their clean offices

Sparkling Clean

The Little Clinic at Kroger - 12501 Shelbyville Rd, Middletown
I came here today for a flu test and the lady at the front was extremely nice, efficient, and administered a covid/flu test to me. The nurse was also very kind and gave me great recommendations for managing my symptoms. I wish we had one of these Little Clinics in my town. They were wonderful. And my experience is especially notable since both of these ladies were working today on a holiday. Thank you so much for your quality of care.
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12903 Shelbyville Rd, Louisville, KY 4024312903 Shelbyville Rd
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
  • Sun 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
1.0(2 reviews)
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12981 Shelbyville Rd, Louisville, KY 4024312981 Shelbyville Rd
Open until 7:00 pm
  • Mon 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Tue 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Wed 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Thu 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Fri 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Sat 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Sun10:15 am - 5:00 pm
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12450 La Grange Rd, Louisville, KY 4024512450 La Grange Rd
5.0(1 reviews)
This clinic has shorter than average waiting periods

Short Wait Time

The Little Clinic at Kroger - 12450 La Grange Rd, Louisville
Great customer service the Nurse was very friendly and nice they took care of my Ear problem Ms. Marina (Head Nurse) i believe is her name ..Posted by Mr. Davis Retired Army
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12615 Taylorsville Rd, Louisville, KY 4029912615 Taylorsville Rd
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
  • Sun 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
1.8(10 reviews)
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2400 Eastpoint Pkwy, Louisville, KY 402232400 Eastpoint Pkwy
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 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
1.8(5 reviews)
This clinic has shorter than average waiting periods

Short Wait Time

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438 Adam Shepherd Pkwy, Shepherdsville, KY 40165438 Adam Shepherd Pkwy
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
  • Sun 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
2.0(4 reviews)
I just left and wanted to tell what wonderful Care you gave me. I had a swollen arm and you did everything you could to make me comfortable and keep me informed about my care. Thank you so much.
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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 Kentucky?

    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.

Kentucky 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.

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