Oral Immunotherapy Updates for Food Allergy

Allergic Living gives us an update on progress in the field of oral immunotherapy for food allergies with this informative article.  

Oral immunotherapy is a topic I am very interested in right now as strict avoidance hasn't resulted in any improvements for our family over the past decade.  The article discusses impending FDA approval for capsules and patches, while private practice allergists are already out there doing very personalized OIT treatment with patients of all ages with all food allergies.  

Have you educated yourself on oral immunotherapy, and what have been your thoughts and findings?  We would love to hear.  

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Robin D. said...

We found out about OIT through a Facebook post. There are 2 groups: OIT 101 and Private Practice OIT. They are an amazing resource! After reading members' stories, I was able to use their files to find an allergist only 2 hours away (none in my state). My 16 yr. old son is currently doing OIT for milk. We are 6 weeks in to a 6 mo. plan. So excited about his future!

Unknown said...

Not sure what you mean by "renegade," whether that term is meant to "denigrate" them or not, but there are over 60 specialized doctors who do OIT treatment for thousands of patients and have great success. Higher success than the peanut patch or peanut pill and it includes no medicine with your dose. My daughter went from contact anaphylactic with history to now eating peanuts every day. It also lowered her tree nut blood level numbers to the point that we could challenge them and eliminate that from our allergy list.

Research shows that those are complete the program could avoid peanuts for a month and still eat 10 to 12 peanuts with no reaction and half of those can go to 24+. People in the program wouldn't skip that long, though.

The peanut patch can build up to six or seven peanuts over several years but it takes three years on the patch to complete the program. OIT is 6 to 12 months and builds you up to 24 safely. The patch costs significantly more than OIT. The peanut pill also builds up to much lower amounts of safety and costs more. Both the peanut patch and peanut pill still advise you to avoid peanuts for life (or in the case of the patch have you go to eating peanuts anyway) and is only available for peanuts. OIT is available for peanuts, tree nuts, milk, eggs, soy, wheat, fruits, fish, and some doctors do it with selfish.

Join OIT 101 on Facebook to learn more and find a directory of doctors who do it safely. It is covered by most insurances (80%+).

Jamie Kaufmann said...

Unknown, perhaps I used the wrong word. I've changed it to "private practice". It was not meant in a derogatory way. In fact, after much research, I would love to do this with my son as soon as possible. What I meant was these doctors are not FDA approved. But I know there has been a great success rate. We unfortunately have been advised to try allergy shots for a year first to get my son's high reactivity lower. But it's all part of an OIT approach that we are shooting for. I am in the OIT 101 and am learning a lot. :) Thanks for helping me clear that up. The stats make me excited.