Earache & discomfort

Earache or discomfort

There are varying degrees of earache or ear discomfort which can be a result of different conditions including ear wax buildup or ear infections. Our providers are able to help identify and provide care plans to help.

 

Ear Wax Buildup & Cleaning

The ear naturally secretes ear wax or Cerumen to protect, lubricate and to keep debris out of the ear. In addition, cerumen helps to prevent the growth of bacteria. Under normal conditions, the body keeps the production of ear wax under control, so there should never be a buildup.

Symptoms

In the event that there is a buildup of ear wax, it can harden and cause a blockage, resulting in

  • earaches
  • ringing in the ears
  • temporary hearing loss
  • sensitive ear and ear canals are sensitive

What to expect during a visit

  •  A provider will conduct thorough examination of your ears with an otoscope
  • A provider will provide diagnoses and may recommend ear cleaning as a care option
  • If ear cleaning is recommended, a medical professional will perform irrigation to remove wax

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Inner ear Infection

An Inner Ear Infection is an infection of the middle ear (the space behind the eardrum). It can occur as a result of the common cold or other conditions affecting the sinuses. This is because congestion can block the internal passage (“Eustachian Tube”) that drains fluid from the middle ear. When the middle ear fills with fluid, bacteria can grow there and cause an infection.

 Symptoms

  • Ear pain
  • Swelling
  • Muffled hearing / temporary loss of hearing / loss of hearing

What to expect from a visit:

  • A provider will conduct an examination and provide a diagnoses
  • A provider will provide a recommended care plan which may include oral antibiotics and other appropriate medication
  • Symptoms usually start to improve within 1-2 days of treatment

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Our Neighborhood Walk-In Clinic is:

  • Walk-in friendly
  • Open 7 days a week 8am-8pm
  • In-network for most Washington insurers
  • Open extended hours
  • Equipped with X-Ray and Lab on-site
  • Staffed by Doctors, Physician Assistants, and Nurse Practitioners