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118 NE 45th St, Seattle, WA 98105118 NE 45th 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
4.73(4.9k reviews)
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MultiCare Indigo Urgent Care, Wallingford - 118 NE 45th St, Seattle
Couldn’t get my meds easily. Will probably try zoom care next time.

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3820 Rainier Ave S, Seattle, WA 981183820 Rainier Ave S
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
4.77(5.1k reviews)
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MultiCare Indigo Urgent Care, Rainier - 3820 Rainier Ave S, Seattle
Had an appointment which was helpful, provider Ava and staff Carissa and Sara were great, thank you always.

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15600 NE 8th St, Bellevue, WA 9800815600 NE 8th 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
4.66(4.4k reviews)
MultiCare Indigo Urgent Care, Bellevue - 15600 NE 8th St, Bellevue
Very professional and ideal for urgent care they’re the best and thank you for all that you do for our community! Keep up the good work!!!

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15870 1st Ave S, Burien, WA 9814815870 1st Ave S
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
4.77(6.7k reviews)
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MultiCare Indigo Urgent Care, Burien - 15870 1st Ave S, Burien
Came in because of a suspected sinus infection. Staff were professional and kind. I was able to schedule an appointment for the next morning, and was seen relatively quickly. Muriel really helped me out. Brie was quick and efficient. Danyel I saw very briefly, but was helpful. Thanks, y'all.

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15946 Redmond Way, Redmond, WA 9805215946 Redmond Way
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
4.82(674 reviews)
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MultiCare Indigo Urgent Care, Redmond - 15946 Redmond Way
Nice facility . Nurse practitioner provided great care. Appointment took two hours. We needed to comeback for the appointment.

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17275 Southcenter Pkwy, Tukwila, WA 9818817275 Southcenter 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 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Sun 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
4.76(6.7k reviews)
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MultiCare Indigo Urgent Care, Tukwila - 17275 Southcenter Pkwy, Tukwila
I want to say a huge thank you to everyone at MultiCare Indigo Urgent Care. The doctors and nurses do a great job. Yes I will recommend this provider? this Provider very good job

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530 228th Ave NE, Sammamish, WA 98074530 228th Ave NE
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
4.94(226 reviews)
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MultiCare Indigo Urgent Care, Sammamish - 530 228th Ave NE
I needed to change my appointment from noon to first available and they were very accommodating. The care was thorough and caring.

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6140 E Lake Sammamish Pkwy SE, Issaquah, WA 980296140 E Lake Sammamish Pkwy SE
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
4.78(5.5k reviews)
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MultiCare Indigo Urgent Care, Issaquah - 6140 E Lake Sammamish Pkwy SE, Issaquah
The staff at this Indigo Urgent Care are always so friendly and listen to all of my concerns. I’m autistic and can have a lot of difficulties going to the doctor, especially when it’s urgent so it’s nice to have a friendly/safer place to count on when unforeseen circumstances arise. I was helped by an RN or ARNP training today, I think her name was Lindsay Grahan. She did a great job and I’m very thankful for her help/support.

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2915 184th St SW, Lynnwood, WA 980372915 184th St SW
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 8:00 am - 3:30 pm
  • Sun 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
4.61(122 reviews)
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Carbon Health Urgent Care, Lynnwood Place - 2915 184th St SW
Dr Munson was wonderful, kind and helpful. Thank you for the quick support this morning

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321 Ramsay Way, Kent, WA 98032321 Ramsay Way
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
4.73(2.2k reviews)
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MultiCare Indigo Urgent Care, Kent Station - 321 Ramsay Way
The staff were so friendly and kind and I didn’t have to wait so long

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800 164th St SE, Mill Creek, WA 98012800 164th St SE
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
4.73(6k reviews)
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MultiCare Indigo Urgent Care, Mill Creek - 800 164th St SE, Mill Creek
From calling to scheduling an appointment everything went very good, entire staff was very polite and caring.

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1750 S 320th St, Federal Way, WA 980031750 S 320th 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
  • Sat 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Sun 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
4.61(44 reviews)
Carbon Health Urgent Care, The Commons at Federal Way - 1750 S 320th St
I was able to get in right away, zero wait time. It was incredible! And I’m so thankful I did, turned out to be very serious, including a hospitalization. So happy I didn’t have to wait anywhere else. Definitely returning only here in the future.

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4784 Borgen Blvd, Gig Harbor, WA 983324784 Borgen 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 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Sun 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
4.88(5.2k reviews)
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MultiCare Indigo Urgent Care, Gig Harbor - 4784 Borgen Blvd
Recommend removing the statement 'walk ins welcome" as I tried to walk in on 07may and was told they were completely booked despite lack of patients in the waiting room.

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26380 238th Ln SE, Maple Valley, WA 9803826380 238th Ln SE
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
4.84(4.8k reviews)
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MultiCare Indigo Urgent Care, Maple Valley - 26380 238th Ln SE
Had to wait a bit for my scheduled apointment, but was pleased by the care I recieved.

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5058 Main St, Tacoma, WA 984075058 Main 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
4.83(11k reviews)
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MultiCare Indigo Urgent Care, Point Ruston - 5058 Main St, Tacoma
I woke up with my eyes crusted over. Called indigo, Dustin and the first appointment they had was @ 5:15pm. I showed up 15 minutes early and waited in the Lobby for 30 minutes.

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4779 Point Fosdick Dr, Gig Harbor, WA 983354779 Point Fosdick 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 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Sun 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
4.84(2.6k reviews)
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MultiCare Indigo Urgent Care, Uptown Gig Harbor - 4779 Point Fosdick Dr
Katherine, NP, was great! This was my second time seeing her. Always so nice and caring and willing to answer my questions. Thank you GH Indigo!

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4700 Point Fosdick Dr, Gig Harbor, WA 983354700 Point Fosdick Dr
Open until 8:00 pm
  • Mon12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  • Tue12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  • Wed12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  • Thu 2:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  • Fri 2:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  • Sat 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Sun 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • May 27 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
4.68(85 reviews)
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Mary Bridge Children's Urgent Care, Gig Harbor (KIDS ONLY) - 4700 Point Fosdick Dr
Mary Bridge Children's Urgent Care is my favorite urgent care to go to. Convenient online scheduling, easy check-in process, fast wait times, concerns are addressed appropriately, friendly staff, and you're out in about an hour from start to finish. The only area that could be improved is if you have questions after your appointment, it's hard to get a hold of anyone, and then you don't get a call back. I highly recommend Mary Bridge Children's Urgent Care

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632 Division Ave, Tacoma, WA 98403632 Division Ave
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
4.83(1.5k reviews)
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MultiCare Indigo Urgent Care, Stadium - 632 Division Ave
The first person i spoke to to get checked in was somewhat rude in the sense that it seemed like she didn’t believe me. however when it was time to be seen by the dr and finish check in, the medical assistant was amazing in that process. the medical assistant with the brown hair is great. the dr was amazing as well and made me feel heard.

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7096 Lakeland Hills Way, Auburn, WA 980927096 Lakeland Hills Way
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
4.84(5.7k reviews)
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MultiCare Indigo Urgent Care, Auburn | Lakeland Commons - 7096 Lakeland Hills Way
The staff members were very professional as well as helpful with the procedures. I would recommend this office to anyone seeking health care immediately.

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710 S 38th St, Tacoma, WA 98418710 S 38th St
Open until 4:45 pm
  • Mon 9:00 am - 4:45 pm
  • Tue 9:00 am - 4:45 pm
  • Wed 9:00 am - 4:45 pm
  • Thu 9:00 am - 4:45 pm
  • Fri 9:00 am - 4:45 pm
  • Sat 9:00 am - 4:45 pm
  • Sun 9:00 am - 4:45 pm
3.63(592 reviews)
Tran Urgent Care & Wellness Centers, Tacoma - 710 S 38th St
Very nice to my children, very through excellent service and great parking in the back!

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Washington 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 Washington?

    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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