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8600 Ward Pkwy, Kansas City, MO 641148600 Ward 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 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Sun 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
4.86(70 reviews)
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Carbon Health Urgent Care, Kansas City- Ward Parkway - 8600 Ward Pkwy
I’ll be happy to suggest your UC to others. Booked online

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10015 N Ambassador Dr, Kansas City, MO 6415310015 N Ambassador Dr
Open until 8:00 pm
  • Mon 7:45 am - 8:00 pm
  • Tue 7:45 am - 8:00 pm
  • Wed 7:45 am - 8:00 pm
  • Thu 7:45 am - 8:00 pm
  • Fri 7:45 am - 8:00 pm
  • Sat 7:45 am - 6:00 pm
  • Sun 7:45 am - 6:00 pm
4.37(7.6k reviews)
NextCare Urgent Care, Ambassador - 10015 N Ambassador Dr, Kansas City
When meeting with the provider she asked me, what is it that you want me to do for you? The admittance lady in the front was excellent! So very helpful and kind. I visited Nextcare October 7.

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4821 W 119th St, Overland Park, KS 662094821 W 119th 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 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Sun 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
4.74(81 reviews)
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Carbon Health Urgent Care, Overland Park - Hawthorne Plaza - 4821 W 119th St
Great place for urgent care matters. Staff was friendly, X-ray tech was very efficient and PA was great in explaining my medical diagnosis and needed meds. Facility was exceptionally clean. Will definitely use them again when needed!

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1860 N Church Rd, Liberty, MO 640681860 N Church Rd
Open until 8:00 pm
  • Mon 7:45 am - 8:00 pm
  • Tue 7:45 am - 8:00 pm
  • Wed 7:45 am - 8:00 pm
  • Thu 7:45 am - 8:00 pm
  • Fri 7:45 am - 8:00 pm
  • Sat 8:45 am - 4:00 pm
  • Sun 8:45 am - 4:00 pm
4.39(5.4k reviews)
NextCare Urgent Care, Liberty - 1860 N Church Rd, Liberty
I didn’t receive any discharge papers and I have stitches. Haven’t even received them via email. I suppose I’ll just clip the stitches out myself.

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2741 NE McBaine Dr, Lee's Summit, MO 640642741 NE McBaine Dr
Open until 8:00 pm
  • Mon 7:45 am - 8:00 pm
  • Tue 7:45 am - 8:00 pm
  • Wed 7:45 am - 8:00 pm
  • Thu 7:45 am - 8:00 pm
  • Fri 7:45 am - 8:00 pm
  • Sat 7:45 am - 8:00 pm
  • Sun 7:45 am - 8:00 pm
4.52(6.8k reviews)
NextCare Urgent Care, Lee's Summit - 2741 NE McBaine Dr
I had a solid experience. Took 25 minutes after my scheduled appointment to see someone but when I did they were extremely helpful amd tentative to my needs. I would definitely go again if/when I get sick. Thanks a bunch!

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1100 N 4th St, Leavenworth, KS 660481100 N 4th St
Open until 8:00 pm
  • Mon 7:45 am - 8:00 pm
  • Tue 7:45 am - 8:00 pm
  • Wed 7:45 am - 8:00 pm
  • Thu 7:45 am - 8:00 pm
  • Fri 7:45 am - 8:00 pm
  • Sat 8:45 am - 4:00 pm
  • Sun 8:45 am - 4:00 pm
4.66(3.9k reviews)
NextCare Urgent Care, Leavenworth - 1100 N 4th St
We’ve seen Dr Cory a couple times and he’s a good provider. Great bedside manner and I trust his judgment when it comes to my kids care.

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4741 S Arrowhead Dr, Independence, MO 640554741 S Arrowhead Dr
Open until 9:00 pm
  • Mon 8:30 am - 9:00 pm
  • Tue 8:30 am - 9:00 pm
  • Wed 8:30 am - 9:00 pm
  • Thu 8:30 am - 9:00 pm
  • Fri 8:30 am - 9:00 pm
  • Sat 8:30 am - 6:00 pm
  • Sun 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
4.56(170 reviews)
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Urgent Care of Kansas City - 4741 S Arrowhead Dr, Independence
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4990 NE Vivion Rd, Kansas City, MO 641194990 NE Vivion 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 - 4:30 pm
  • Sun 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
MinuteClinic® at CVS®, NE Vivion Rd, Kansas City - 4990 NE Vivion Rd, Kansas City

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315 W 75th St, Kansas City, MO 64114315 W 75th 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 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
  • Sun 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
MinuteClinic® at CVS®, W 75th St, Kansas City - 315 W 75th St, Kansas City

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5440 NW 64th St, Kansas City, MO 641515440 NW 64th 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 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
  • Sun 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
MinuteClinic® at CVS®, NW 64th St, Kansas City - 5440 NW 64th St, Kansas City

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330 NE Barry Rd, Kansas City, MO 64155330 NE Barry 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 - 4:30 pm
  • Sun 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
MinuteClinic® at CVS®, NE Barry Rd, Kansas City - 330 NE Barry Rd

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13101 State Line Rd, Kansas City, MO 6414513101 State Line 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 - 4:30 pm
  • Sun 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
MinuteClinic® at CVS®, State Line Rd, Kansas City - 13101 State Line Rd, Kansas City

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200 Southwest Blvd, Kansas City, MO 64108200 Southwest Blvd
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
  • SatClosed
  • SunClosed
2.5(6 reviews)
Concentra Urgent Care, Crossroads - 200 Southwest Blvd
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2300 Main St, Kansas City, MO 641082300 Main St
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3027 Prospect Ave, Kansas City, MO 641283027 Prospect Ave
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599 Armour Rd, North Kansas City, MO 64116599 Armour Rd
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
  • SatClosed
  • SunClosed
1.0(6 reviews)
Concentra Urgent Care, North Kansas City - 599 Armour Rd, North Kansas City
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1914 Swift St, North Kansas City, MO 641161914 Swift 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 - 5:00 pm
  • SatClosed
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MinuteClinic® at CVS®, Swift Rd, N Kansas City - 1914 Swift St, North Kansas City

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3845 Broadway Blvd, Kansas City, MO 641113845 Broadway Blvd
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2800 Clay Edwards Dr, Kansas City, MO 641162800 Clay Edwards Dr
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6401 E Front St, Kansas City, MO 641206401 E Front St
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
  • SatClosed
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Concentra Urgent Care, Executive Park - 6401 E Front St, Kansas City
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6501 E Commerce Ave, Kansas City, MO 641206501 E Commerce Ave
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
  • SatClosed
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1.0(2 reviews)
Concentra Urgent Care, Front Street - 6501 E Commerce Ave, Kansas City
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2650 Shawnee Mission Pkwy, Fairway, KS 662052650 Shawnee Mission Pkwy
Open until 6:30 pm
  • Mon 8:30 am - 6:30 pm
  • Tue 8:30 am - 6:30 pm
  • Wed 8:30 am - 6:30 pm
  • Thu 8:30 am - 6:30 pm
  • Fri 8:30 am - 6:30 pm
  • SatClosed
  • SunClosed
1.0(3 reviews)
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3035 N 22nd St, Kansas City, KS 661043035 N 22nd St
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4214 Kansas Ave, Kansas City, KS 661064214 Kansas Ave
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
  • SatClosed
  • SunClosed
3.5(3 reviews)
Concentra Urgent Care, Kansas Avenue - 4214 Kansas Ave, Kansas City
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2630 NE Vivion Rd, Kansas City, MO 641192630 NE Vivion 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 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
  • Sun10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Walgreens - 2630 NE Vivion Rd, Kansas City
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2316 E Meyer Blvd, Kansas City, MO 641322316 E Meyer Blvd
4.98(3 reviews)
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5555 W 58th St, Mission, KS 662025555 W 58th St
Open until 8:00 pm
  • Mon 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  • Tue 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  • Wed 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  • Thu 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  • Fri 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  • Sat 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
  • Sun10:00 am - 2:00 pm
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5601 NE Antioch Rd, Gladstone, MO 641195601 NE Antioch Rd
Open until 9:00 pm
  • Mon 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
  • Tue 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
  • Wed 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
  • Thu 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
  • Fri 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
  • Sat 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
  • Sun 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
1.0(5 reviews)
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1333 Meadowlark Ln, Kansas City, KS 661021333 Meadowlark Ln
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  • Mon 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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1.0(1 reviews)
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11200 E Winner Rd, Independence, MO 6405211200 E Winner Rd
Open until 5:00 pm
  • Mon 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Tue 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Wed 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Thu 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Fri 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • SatClosed
  • SunClosed
3.0(2 reviews)
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I have had 2 visits the first was in the Higginsville office and one was in the Blue Springs office. Both visits were amazing. Love these people.
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1601 Meadowlark Ln, Kansas City, KS 661021601 Meadowlark Ln
Open until 6:00 pm
  • Mon11:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Tue11:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Wed11:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Thu11:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Fri11:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • SatUnknown
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7500 Wornall Rd, Kansas City, MO 641147500 Wornall Rd
Open until10:00 pm
  • Mon 8:00 am - 10:00 pm
  • Tue 8:00 am - 10:00 pm
  • Wed 8:00 am - 10:00 pm
  • Thu 8:00 am - 10:00 pm
  • Fri 8:00 am - 10:00 pm
  • Sat 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Sun10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Walgreens - 7500 Wornall Rd
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7301 Mission Rd, Prairie Village, KS 662087301 Mission Rd
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6344 N Chatham Ave, Kansas City, MO 641516344 N Chatham Ave
4.9(24 reviews)
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7501 Metcalf Ave, Overland Park, KS 662047501 Metcalf Ave
Open until 7:30 pm
  • Mon 8:30 am - 7:30 pm
  • Tue 8:30 am - 7:30 pm
  • Wed 8:30 am - 7:30 pm
  • Thu 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
  • Fri 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
  • Sat 8:30 am - 7:30 pm
  • Sun 8:30 am - 7:30 pm
MinuteClinic® at CVS®, Metcalf Ave, Overland Park - 7501 Metcalf Ave, Overland Park

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7500 Metcalf Ave, Overland Park, KS 662047500 Metcalf Ave
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 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
  • Sun10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Walgreens - 7500 Metcalf Ave, Overland Park
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10000 E 66 Terrace, Raytown, MO 6413310000 E 66 Terrace
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9300 E Gregory Blvd, Raytown, MO 641339300 E Gregory Blvd
Open until 5:00 pm
  • Mon 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Tue 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Wed 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Thu 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Fri 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Sat 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Sun10:30 am - 5:00 pm
Walgreens - 9300 E Gregory Blvd
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7642 N Oak Trafficway, Kansas City, MO 641187642 N Oak Trafficway
Open until10:00 pm
  • Mon 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  • Tue 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  • Wed 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  • Thu 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  • Fri 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  • Sat10:00 am - 2:00 pm
  • Sun10:00 am - 2:00 pm
3.8(10 reviews)
I’ve been here twice and all the staff is really nice. I really like the Nurse Practioner she is amazing. She was very attentive to myself as well as my son.
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6185 NW Jefferson St, Parkville, MO 641526185 NW Jefferson St
1.36(32 reviews)
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11021 Shawnee Mission Pkwy, Shawnee, KS 6620311021 Shawnee Mission Pkwy
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 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
  • Sun10:00 am - 5:00 pm
1.0(4 reviews)
Walgreens - 11021 Shawnee Mission Pkwy, Shawnee
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9100 W 74th St, Overland Park, KS 662039100 W 74th St
4.52(53 reviews)
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3825 S Noland Rd, Independence, MO 640553825 S Noland 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 - 4:30 pm
  • Sun 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
MinuteClinic® at CVS®, S Noland Rd, Independence - 3825 S Noland Rd, Independence

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9490 E State Rte 350, Raytown, MO 641339490 E State Rte 350
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 - 8:00 pm
  • Sun 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
4.2(5 reviews)
CareNow Urgent Care, Raytown - 9490 E State Rte 350, Raytown
Excellent care. Professional and patient based care. Used this facility many times.
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3915 S Noland Rd, Independence, MO 640553915 S Noland 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 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
  • Sun10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Walgreens - 3915 S Noland Rd, Independence
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6365 Lewis Dr, Parkville, MO 641526365 Lewis 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 - 5:30 pm
  • Fri 8:00 am - 7:30 pm
  • Sat 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
  • Sun10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Walgreens - 6365 Lewis Dr, Parkville
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1150 N 75th Pl, Kansas City, KS 661121150 N 75th Pl
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501 NW Barry Rd, Kansas City, MO 64155501 NW Barry Rd
Open until10:00 pm
  • Mon12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  • Tue12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  • Wed12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  • Thu12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  • Fri12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  • Sat10:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Sun10:00 am - 8:00 pm
5.0(3 reviews)
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401 NE Barry Rd, Kansas City, MO 64155401 NE Barry Rd
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3500 W 95th St, Leawood, KS 662063500 W 95th St
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 - 8:00 pm
  • Sun 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
3.0(6 reviews)
CareNow Urgent Care, Leawood - 3500 W 95th St, Leawood
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Ear Wax Removal FAQs

  • How much does an ear wax removal cost in Kansas City?

    Without insurance, an ear wax extraction in Kansas City 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 Kansas City area today.

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  • 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 Kansas City?

    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 Kansas City.

  • 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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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.

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