The Health Center welcomes all students who have health concerns or questions.
A nurse is available any time the Health Center is open.
Appointments with a nurse practitioner or physician are available by calling 610-526-7360.
Please note: If you are a newly admitted student, please wait until AFTER June 1 to enter your immunization information and complete the Medical History via the Patient Portal.
Do You Have Seasonal Allergies?
Allergies occur when a person's immune system reacts to normally harmless substances in the environment. Mild (meaning not dangerous) seasonal allergies, sometimes called “hay fever” (even though they don't cause a fever) are very common and cause symptoms such as:
- watery or red eyes
- runny or stuffy nose
- fullness in the ears
- dark circles under the eyes
- an increase in asthma symptoms.
If you have seasonal allergies, you can lessen your discomfort by reducing your exposure to things you are allergic to (or allergens) when you can. Some ideas that may help are:
- Shower before bedtime to wash pollen off your hair and skin.
- Minimize your time outside on dry, windy days. Use an air conditioner in your home and car when possible.
- Remove stuffed animals, rugs, mattress pads, and non-washable comforters and pillows which can collect dust and pet dander. Cover mattresses and pillows with plastic covers.
When you have allergies, antihistamines help reduce discomfort. In general, they are better at preventing symptoms of allergies than relieving them after they develop, so it’s best to be proactive. There are various kinds of allergy medicines, some available over-the-counter, but it is best to have a conversation with a health care provider to come up with a plan that fits your medical history and severity of symptoms. This is especially true if you have asthma or other medical issues.
Call the Health Center at 610-526-7360 to schedule an appointment.
Monday-Friday 9 AM-7 PM
Saturday-Sunday 9 AM-2 PM
The Health Center is closed Fall Break, Winter Break, Spring Break and over the summer.
When the Health Center is closed:
- Call 610-526-7911 for emergencies.
- If you have an urgent medical concern that cannot wait until the Health Center reopens at 9 AM, go to the Emergency Room at Bryn Mawr Hospital.
- If you have an urgent counseling concern that needs to be addressed before 9 AM, please call 610-526-7778 to be connected to a counselor.
Health Center News
- Recently a lot of information about the Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa has been in the news. If you have been in West Africa in the past 21 days and become ill, it is extremely important you get medical care immediately. Our Health Center staff will be asking students if they have traveled in West Africa as part of our routine evaluation.
If you have questions please consult this link to the CDC Q&A website; Feel free to call the Health Center for information if you have any questions or concerns.
- The Health Center, College Dietitian and Phys Ed Department are collaborating to offer a fitness program for students who may be at an increased risk for health problems. There is no cost to you. This program includes a personalized fitness plan and is eligible for PE credit. If you would like to find out if you qualify for this program or learn more about it please call the Health Center (610-526-7360).