Oral Immunotherapy for food allergies is a medical treatment, guided by a board-certified allergist, which re-trains the immune system to become desensitized to food allergens through regular ingestion of food proteins at increasing doses.
Reduce the risk of anaphylaxis after exposure to:
- Peanut & Tree Nut
- Milk and Eggs
- Soy or Sesame
- Other Foods
THE ORAL IMMUNOTHERAPY JOURNEY
First Qualifying Visit (~2 Hours)
Consultation with one of our board-certified allergists to discuss your entire journey.
Day 1 Treatment (~6-8 hours)
On day 1, the patient takes protein dilution every 30 minutes for 8 doses. Our allergist and team will supervise. After this, you'll take your medicine at home.
Weekly Updosing (~23-29 weeks)
Once a week, the patient comes to our clinic to get an increased dose of protein dilution. Then, they are sent home with a new, stronger dose of the prescribed protein.
Patients are given the quantity of their specified food to add to their diet indefinitely at home to maintain their desensitized state.
Early Introduction to Peanuts
The first step in our early introduction program is a peanut allergy test. As a parent, you may already be aware of the dangers of food allergies and how they might affect your child’s life. You can put your fears to rest on the first day of therapy by learning whether or not your child has a peanut allergy.
Peanut allergy testing is part of our early introduction program. As a parent, you may know how food allergies might affect your child. You’ll know if your child has a peanut allergy on the first day of treatment.
Once we know that your child hasn’t developed a peanut allergy, we’ll assess their risk. We’ll take measures to lower the risk so your child can live allergy-free.
If your child has developed a food allergy, we will assist you in protecting them from a reaction. We can start Oral Immunotherapy when they are old enough.
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frequently asked questions
What Is Early Introduction to Peanuts?
The idea that highly allergenic foods, such as peanuts, should be introduced into the diet early to prevent risk of allergy.
Who Does Early Introduction Apply To?
All infants. There are different recommendations for babies based on their risk of allergy.
What Are the Higher Risks for Developing a Peanut Allergy?
Having an egg allergy or severe eczema.
What if My Baby Doesn’t Have an Egg Allergy or Eczema?
You can introduce peanuts any time based on your family’s preferences.
What Do I Do if My Baby Has Eczema, but It Is Not Severe?
You can introduce peanuts around six months of age, after other solid foods have been started.
What Do I Do About Introducing Peanuts if My Baby Has Severe Eczema?
Your child will be seen and evaluated by an allergy specialist to determine his/her risks.
Aren’t These Recommendations the Opposite of What Was Recommended in the Past?
Yes. It was previously thought that waiting to introduce allergenic foods would decrease the likelihood of a food allergy; however, food allergies have actually since increased.
Where Are the New Recommendations Coming From?
There have been many studies that led to the formation of a committee of experts to make these new recommendations. The studies show Early Introduction, when appropriate, reduces the risk of food allergy in the long-term.
What Is Involved in an Evaluation With an Allergy Specialist?
Your doctor will review your child’s medical history and perform testing to determine your child’s risk of having a peanut allergy.
What Kind of Testing Is Performed?
What Happens After Testing?
Your doctor will discuss your child’s results and make a plan for home or in-office introduction or discuss avoidance if your child is considered high-risk.