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food desensitization for people with food allergies


food desensitization

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Oral Immunotherapy does not involve shots or medications. Patients gradually consume increasing small amounts of the food they are allergic to over a period of two to six months, resulting in tolerance of a food that previously elicited a severe reaction. 

Our goal is to get the patients “bite proof”. For some patients, the goal may be to add the food to their diet and eat it freely. This outcome will be discussed and determined on a case by case basis depending on the individual. 



What to know:

Idaho Allergy is pleased to announce a new food desensitization program that can provide a long term solution for people with allergies to peanut, egg, milk, tree nuts, soy, and wheat.

In 2003, Stanford conducted its first clinical trial for oral immunotherapy for people with food allergies. By 2011, this evolved to an established facility dedicated to the treatment of food allergies, SAFAR (Stanford Alliance for Food Allergy Research). 

Private clinics have shown very favorable results as well. In the West, there are two Portland area allergy clinics that have been successfully utilizing oral immunotherapy to desensitize food allergic patients for over five years. The New England Food Allergy Treatment Center has treated over 500 peanut allergic patients with 90-95 percent of patients being able to be desensitized. The technique we use has treated over 100 patients with a hundred percent success rate.

While no medical procedure is completely risk free, the risk of reactions to Oral Immunotherapy are equal to or less than strict avoidance. Few patients have experienced itchiness. Nausea is unlikely but possible. Use of epinephrine is rare. The treatment is safe and effective, provided that it is properly administered in a controlled setting.  

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Medical Journal Articles/News Articles about Oral Immunotherapy



• Assessing the efficacy of oral immunotherapy for the desensitization of peanut allergy in children :a phase 2 randomized controlled trial. Lancet.2014 Apr 12;383(9925):1297-304. Doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(13)62301-6. Epub 2014 Jan 30. 

Oral Immunotherapy for peanut allergy:multipractice experience with epinephirine-treated reactions. J Allergy Clin Immunol Pract. 2014 Jan-Feb; 2(1): 91-6.doi:10.1016/j.jaip.2013.10.001

Safety and feasibility of oral immunotherapy to multiple allergens for food allergy. Allergy Asthma Clin Immunol. 2014 Jan 15;10 (1): doi:10.1186/1710-1492-10-1

Sustained unresponsiveness to peanut in subjects who have completed peanut oral immunotherapy. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2014 Feb;133(2)468-75.doi:10.1016/j.jaci.2013.11.007 Epub 2013 Dec. 19

Oral Immunotherapy for peanut allergy in clinical practice is ready.Allergy Asthma Proc. 2013 May-Jun,34(3):205-9.doi:10.2500/aap.2013.34.3666.

Make your appointment today to discuss if Oral Immunotherapy is right for you or your child.




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PATIENTS WHO HAVE SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETED FOOD DESENSITIZATION:

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