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4800 SW 76th Ave, Portland, OR 972254800 SW 76th Ave
Open until 8:00 pm
  • Mon 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
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4.8(10k reviews)
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Legacy Health- GoHealth Urgent Care, Raleigh Hills - 4800 SW 76th Ave, Portland

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3505 N Williams Ave, Portland, OR 972273505 N Williams Ave
Open until 8:00 pm
  • Mon 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
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  • Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Sun 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
4.8(11k reviews)
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Legacy Health- GoHealth Urgent Care, Williams - 3505 N Williams Ave, Portland

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3 Monroe Pkwy, Lake Oswego, OR 970353 Monroe Pkwy
Open until 8:00 pm
  • Mon 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
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  • Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Sun 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
3.0(1 reviews)
Legacy Health- GoHealth Urgent Care, Lake Oswego - 3 Monroe Pkwy, Lake Oswego

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2870 SW Cedar Hills Blvd, Beaverton, OR 970052870 SW Cedar Hills Blvd
Open until 8:00 pm
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  • Sun 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
4.8(16k reviews)
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Legacy Health- GoHealth Urgent Care, Cedar Hills (Pediatrics) - 2870 SW Cedar Hills Blvd

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2870 SW Cedar Hills Blvd, Beaverton, OR 970052870 SW Cedar Hills Blvd
Open until 8:00 pm
  • Mon 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
4.8(16k reviews)
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Legacy Health- GoHealth Urgent Care, Cedar Hills - 2870 SW Cedar Hills Blvd, Beaverton

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9361 SE 82nd Ave, Happy Valley, OR 970869361 SE 82nd Ave
Open until 8:00 pm
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  • Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Sun 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
4.8(12k reviews)
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Legacy Health- GoHealth Urgent Care, Johnson Creek - 9361 SE 82nd Ave, Happy Valley

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305 SE Chkalov Dr, Vancouver, WA 98683305 SE Chkalov Dr
Open until 8:00 pm
  • Mon 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
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4.8(16k reviews)
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Legacy Health- GoHealth Urgent Care, Cascade Park Pediatrics - 305 SE Chkalov Dr

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305 SE Chkalov Dr, Vancouver, WA 98683305 SE Chkalov 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 - 6:00 pm
  • Sun 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
4.25(8 reviews)
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Legacy Health- GoHealth Urgent Care, Cascade Park - 305 SE Chkalov Dr, Vancouver
I’ve been into this urgent care several times, and each time the staff have been professional, very helpful and compassionate

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3425 SE 192nd Ave, Vancouver, WA 986833425 SE 192nd Ave
Open until 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
4.8(11k reviews)
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Legacy Health- GoHealth Urgent Care, Camas - 3425 SE 192nd Ave, Vancouver

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21900 Willamette Dr, West Linn, OR 9706821900 Willamette Dr
Open until 8:00 pm
  • Mon 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
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Legacy Health- GoHealth Urgent Care, West Linn - 21900 Willamette Dr, West Linn

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1900 McLoughlin Blvd, Oregon City, OR 970451900 McLoughlin Blvd
Open until 8:00 pm
  • Mon 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
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  • Fri 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Sat 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Sun 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
4.8(19k reviews)
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Legacy Health- GoHealth Urgent Care, Oregon City - 1900 McLoughlin Blvd, Oregon City

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22262 NE Glisan St, Gresham, OR 9703022262 NE Glisan St
Open until 8:00 pm
  • Mon 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
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4.38(24 reviews)
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Legacy Health- GoHealth Urgent Care, Fairview - 22262 NE Glisan St, Gresham
Friendly staff, very clean facility, short wait time booking appointment on line… I recommend this urgent care…

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2850 SE Powell Valley Rd, Gresham, OR 970802850 SE Powell Valley Rd
Open until 9:00 pm
  • Mon 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Tue 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
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  • Thu 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Fri 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Sat 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Sun 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
4.7(2.2k reviews)
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Legacy Health- GoHealth Urgent Care, Gresham - 2850 SE Powell Valley Rd, Gresham

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21430 SW Langer Farms Pkwy, Sherwood, OR 9714021430 SW Langer Farms 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
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4.9(13k reviews)
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Legacy Health- GoHealth Urgent Care, Sherwood - 21430 SW Langer Farms Pkwy, Sherwood
I didn't have an appointment, so I walked in, there was absolutely no wait time, Chris and Corbin were extremely knowledgeable, helpful, courteous, friendly, and very kind. Absolutely recommend this urgent care to anyone and everyone.

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13009 NE Hwy 99, Vancouver, WA 9868613009 NE Hwy 99
Open until 8:00 pm
  • Mon 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 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Sun 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
4.8( reviews)
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Legacy Health- GoHealth Urgent Care, Salmon Creek - 13009 NE Hwy 99, Vancouver
Had to get a COVID PCR test unexpectedly to fly to France and we got it done! Tyler is the best! And Julian was so gentle with the nasal brush.

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202 NW 13th Ave, Portland, OR 97209202 NW 13th Ave
Open until11:59 pm
  • Mon 8:00 am - 11:59 pm
  • Tue 8:00 am - 11:59 pm
  • Wed 8:00 am - 11:59 pm
  • Thu 8:00 am - 11:59 pm
  • Fri 7:00 am - 11:59 pm
  • Sat 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Sun 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
4.7(1k reviews)
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ZoomCare, Pearl District - 202 NW 13th Ave, Portland
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172 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Portland, OR 97232172 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
Open until 6:00 pm
  • Mon 7:00 am - 5:30 pm
  • Tue 7:00 am - 5:30 pm
  • Wed 7:00 am - 5:30 pm
  • Thu 7:00 am - 5:30 pm
  • Fri 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Sat 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
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4.7(968 reviews)
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ZoomCare, NE MLK and Davis St. - 172 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
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607 NE Grand Ave, Portland, OR 97232607 NE Grand Ave
Open until10:00 pm
  • Mon10:00 am - 10:00 pm
  • Tue10:00 am - 10:00 pm
  • Wed10:00 am - 10:00 pm
  • Thu10:00 am - 10:00 pm
  • Fri 7:00 am - 10:00 pm
  • Sat10:00 am - 10:00 pm
  • Sun10:00 am - 10:00 pm
4.7(1.5k reviews)
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ZoomCare Super, Lloyd District Super - 607 NE Grand Ave
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606 NE Broadway, Portland, OR 97232606 NE Broadway
Open until 6:00 pm
  • Mon 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Tue 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Wed 8:00 am - 7:30 pm
  • Thu 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Fri 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • SatClosed
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4.7(753 reviews)
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ZoomCare, NE Broadway and 6th - 606 NE Broadway, Portland
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1662 NW 23rd Ave, Portland, OR 972101662 NW 23rd Ave
Open until 6:00 pm
  • Mon 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
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  • Sat 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Sun 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
4.6(233 reviews)
ZoomCare, NW 23rd - 1662 NW 23rd Ave, Portland
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Oregon 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 Oregon?

    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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