Have a food allergy? Food Oral Immunotherapy (OIT) can help!
Since the 1990’s a great deal of research has been conducted in the area of food desensitization. While the exact protocol differs from country to country, the general theme is very consistent: take a highly allergic child or adult, give them a VERY low dose of the offending food by mouth, have them stay on it 1-2 times a day, come back to the clinic for an increase in the dose, stay on that dose at home for a week or more, and continue this process until they are tolerating a normal daily serving. This is called food oral immunotherapy, or OIT for short. We have been offering this to patients throughout Florida and beyond since 2012.
For reasons that aren’t clear, food allergy cases are on the rise in the US and worldwide. While some patients only have annoying, mild symptoms after eating the wrong food, others can have life-threatening reactions called anaphylaxis. Thank goodness there is finally something to offer families with food allergies. OIT has been way overdue – for decades all allergists have been able to do is the recommend avoidance of the offending food and prescribe a self-injecting epinephrine device to use in the event of a severe reaction.
Current Foods Used in OIT at Windom Allergy
- Peanut: 16 buildup doses to reach maintenance dose of 8 peanuts a day
- Milk: 16 buildup doses to reach maintenance dose of 1 glass of milk (8 ounces) a day
- Egg: 13 buildup doses to reach maintenance dose of 1 egg equivalent (5 grams of egg white flour)
- Wheat: 14 buildup doses to reach maintenance dose of 1 slice of whole wheat bread
- Tree Nuts: multiple nuts at one time, progressing to 5-8 of each nut once daily
Please refer to our Frequently Asked Questions section below for more details on our OIT program. Or send us an email at nurse@WindomAllergy.com and Wendy will get in touch with you with answers to your questions. Another great source for information is the Private Practice OIT group on Facebook. Thousands of families connect via this site to share their food OIT story.
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