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8305 Wisconsin Ave, Bethesda, MD 208148305 Wisconsin Ave
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
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  • Sun 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
2.73(15 reviews)
AllCare Primary & Immediate Care, Bethesda - 8305 Wisconsin Ave, Bethesda
The nurse was friendly but not at all gentle in swabbing my nose for the pcr test. I let her know how much she was hurting me and I know it could have been done to the same effect a lot more gently. She also told me it would take 2-3 days to get pcr results. I was led to believe otherwise from your web site and the doctor who was very friendly came in after and said we should have it probably 24 hours.
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10400 Old Georgetown Rd, Bethesda, MD 2081410400 Old Georgetown Rd
Open until 8:00 pm
  • Mon 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Tue 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
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  • Sat 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
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3.0(4 reviews)
AllCare Primary & Immediate Care, North Bethesda - 10400 Old Georgetown Rd
Quick. Everyone was nice and knowledgeable.
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4340 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 200084340 Connecticut Ave NW
Open until 8:00 pm
  • Mon 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
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  • Thu 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
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  • Sat 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
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4.5(6 reviews)
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AllCare Primary & Immediate Care, Van Ness - 4340 Connecticut Ave NW
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10540 Connecticut Ave, Kensington, MD 2089510540 Connecticut Ave
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
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4.68(5.9k reviews)
Fast Track Urgent Care, Kensington - 10540 Connecticut Ave, Kensington
I was suffering from severe diarrhea for over a week. As a walk in they took me right way. Every person on staff was kind and helpful from desk to aid to physician. I highly recommend this provider.

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3500 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC 200163500 Wisconsin Ave NW
Open until 8:00 pm
  • Mon 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
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1.0(5 reviews)
AllCare Primary & Immediate Care, Washington DC - Wisconsin Ave - 3500 Wisconsin Ave NW
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11406 Georgia Ave, Silver Spring, MD 2090211406 Georgia Ave
Open until 6:00 pm
  • Mon 8:45 am - 6:00 pm
  • Tue 8:45 am - 6:00 pm
  • Wed 8:45 am - 6:00 pm
  • Thu 8:45 am - 6:00 pm
  • Fri 8:45 am - 6:00 pm
  • Sat 8:00 am - 2:00 pm
  • Sun 8:00 am - 2:00 pm
4.86(2.2k reviews)
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Access Now Urgent Care, Wheaton - 11406 Georgia Ave, Silver Spring
For a Saturday morning, I had many options to schedule an appointment. Check in was easy and fast. Staff friendly and professional. My PA was extremely knowledgeable and made the suggestion that I needed to be seen at ER because I needed a CT scan.her diagnosis was correct

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1340 Old Chain Bridge Rd, McLean, VA 221011340 Old Chain Bridge Rd
Open until 8:00 pm
  • Mon 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Tue 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
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  • 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(1 reviews)
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Inova- GoHealth Urgent Care, McLean - 1340 Old Chain Bridge Rd, McLean
Fast. I would recommend

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4600 Langston Blvd., Arlington, VA 222074600 Langston 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 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Sun 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
4.43(28 reviews)
Inova- GoHealth Urgent Care, North Arlington - 4600 Langston Blvd., Arlington
I accidentally sliced off the side of finger and they helped staunch the bleeding and reassured me that no further care was needed. Much better then going to the emergency room. Great and friendly care.

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5335 Langston Blvd., Arlington, VA 222075335 Langston Blvd.
Open until11:00 pm
  • Mon 7:00 am - 11:00 pm
  • Tue 7:00 am - 11:00 pm
  • Wed 7:00 am - 11:00 pm
  • Thu 7:00 am - 11:00 pm
  • Fri 7:00 am - 11:00 pm
  • Sat 7:00 am - 11:00 pm
  • Sun 7:00 am - 11:00 pm
4.23(922 reviews)
Vista Medical Center,  North Arlington (formerly urgent care center of arlington) - 5335 Langston Blvd., Arlington
Had a sharp pain that came suddenly. I was able to schedule an appointment quickly. The staff is great and everyone was very caring and knowledgeable. Used them before and will go there again. Definitely recommend.

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4501 Fairfax Dr, Arlington, VA 222034501 Fairfax Dr
Open until 8:00 pm
  • Mon 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Tue 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
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  • Thu 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Fri 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Sat 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
  • Sun 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
5.0(6 reviews)
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AllCare Primary & Immediate Care, Arlington - Ballston - 4501 Fairfax Dr
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1208 W Broad St, Falls Church, VA 220461208 W Broad St
Open until 8:00 pm
  • Mon 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Tue 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
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  • Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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5.0(10 reviews)
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Inova- GoHealth Urgent Care, Birch And Broad - 1208 W Broad St

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13428 New Hampshire Ave, Silver Spring, MD 2090413428 New Hampshire Ave
Open until 9:00 pm
  • Mon 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Tue 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
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  • Thu 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
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  • Sat 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
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4.74(6.6k reviews)
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Fast Track Urgent Care, Silver Spring - 13428 New Hampshire Ave, Silver Spring
Staff were very patient and understanding!!! Overall I would recommend the center.

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513 W Broad St, Falls Church, VA 22046513 W Broad St
Open until 8:00 pm
  • Mon 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
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Primedoc - 513 W Broad St

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6288 Arlington Blvd, Falls Church, VA 220446288 Arlington Blvd
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 - 2:00 pm
  • Sun 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
4.7(157 reviews)
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AllCare Primary & Immediate Care, Seven Corners - 6288 Arlington Blvd, Falls Church
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1301 S Joyce St, Arlington, VA 222021301 S Joyce St
Open until 5:30 pm
  • Mon 9:30 am - 5:30 pm
  • Tue 9:30 am - 5:30 pm
  • Wed 9:30 am - 5:30 pm
  • Thu 9:30 am - 5:30 pm
  • Fri 9:30 am - 5:30 pm
  • Sat 9:30 am - 5:30 pm
  • Sun11:00 am - 4:45 pm
4.14(14 reviews)
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Nova Patient Care , Pentagon City - 1301 S Joyce St
If you find that you need an urgent care center, this place is open on Sundays. I immediately made an appointment this morning, feb 18, 2024. I had to work today, was about 20 minutes late for my appt, and they were so pleasant when I arrived. I thought I had an ear infection; turns out I had a massive amount of ear wax in my left ear. Sarah and Jessica were very friendly and personable. Doctor Courtney was also very thorough. I'll be picking up my prescription at Walgreens tomorrow. Sarah was gentle and she removed so much wax from my ear. What a blessing to have this urgent care center near my job. I highly reccomend this amazing urgent care center.❤🙏

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1953 Gallows Rd, Vienna, VA 221821953 Gallows Rd
Open until 8:00 pm
  • Mon 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Tue 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
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  • Thu 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Fri 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Sat 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
  • Sun 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
1.0(2 reviews)
AllCare Primary & Immediate Care, Tysons Corner - 1953 Gallows Rd
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6371 Seven Corners Center, Falls Church, VA 220446371 Seven Corners Center
Open until 8:00 pm
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  • Tue 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
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  • Thu 9:00 am - 5:00 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)
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Inova- GoHealth Urgent Care, Seven Corners Center - 6371 Seven Corners Center

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811 2nd St SE, Washington, DC 20003811 2nd St SE
Open until 8:00 pm
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3.29(7 reviews)
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Allcare Primary & Immediate Care, Navy Yard - 811 2nd St SE
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8357 Leesburg Pike, Vienna, VA 221828357 Leesburg Pike
Open until 8:00 pm
  • Mon 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Tue 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
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  • Thu 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
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  • Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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4.6(10 reviews)
Inova- GoHealth Urgent Care, Tysons - 8357 Leesburg Pike, Vienna
The facility is exceptionally clean. Wait time was a bit longer than expected but the doctor spent a lot of time with us so I understand the wait. We left satisfied that we had all of the meds and care we needed — thank you!

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1499 Cornerside Blvd, Vienna, VA 221821499 Cornerside Blvd
Open until 8:00 pm
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5.0(1 reviews)
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AllCare Primary & Immediate Care, Tysons West (Vienna) - 1499 Cornerside Blvd
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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 Bethesda?

    Without insurance, an ear wax extraction in Bethesda 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 Bethesda area today.

  • How can I book an ear wax removal in Bethesda?

    Regardless of the kind of doctor you are looking for for an eye exam, Solv can help you book an appointment. Simply search for Bethesda-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 Bethesda?

    Same-day and next-day appointments for eye exams are available through Solv. Search for Bethesda-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 Bethesda?

    Solv gathers reviews, ratings, and other data on Bethesda-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 Bethesda?

    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 Bethesda.

  • 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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