Allergies are among the most common chronic conditions worldwide, with
seasonal or year-round symptoms that can affect your quality of life, or
even be life-threatening. You may wonder what allergies and asthma have
in common besides making you miserable. Allergies and asthma often occur
The same substances that trigger your hay fever symptoms may also cause
asthma signs and symptoms, such as shortness of breath, wheezing and
chest tightness. This is called allergic asthma or allergy-induced
asthma. Certain substances, such as pollen, dust mites and pet dander,
are common triggers. In some people, skin or food allergies can cause
asthma symptoms. When exposed to a substance that triggers an allergic
reaction, your immune system can react in many ways from the mildest of
symptoms like sneezing and itching to a severe reaction called
anaphylaxis in which you may have difficulty breathing or even lose
consciousness. Anaphylaxis is considered a medical emergency and may
be fatal, so getting immediate medical care is important.
Since your immune system plays such a major role in allergies, asthma
and other immune disorders, many of the treatments provided by Main Line
Health experts are developed to help improve your immune function. This
expertise is called immunology.
And will prescribe an allergy treatment and management plan to help you
or your child feel and live better.
Why choose Main Line Health?
Advanced training and experience
Our board-certified allergy,
asthma and immunology experts have advanced training in internal
medicine or pediatrics and some of our staff have experience in
designing and conducting clinical studies in asthma and rhinitis.
Comprehensive testing and treatments
Your doctor may perform in-office tests to determine what is causing
your symptoms, giving you precise information about what you are, and
are not allergic to, ensuring the correct diagnosis and treatment plan.
Convenient services and locations
Same-day appointments are available with 24-hour coverage in case of
emergency. Consultations are offered at offices near each of our four
acute care hospitals.
For more information, call 1.866.CALL.MLH.