Any parent or anyone who has contact with small children understands how serious allergies can be. The truth is that over the past few decades, a lot of attention has been given to the negative effect that food allergies can have on children and adults. When it comes to serious food allergies, such as anaphylactic allergies, oral immunotherapy is being investigated as a possible way to address certain problems associated with the condition. We are proud to offer this treatment as a safe and effective way to address certain types of allergies.
It is good to first understand why people develop food allergies. Food allergies happen when your body reacts in an exaggerated and inappropriate way to certain foods. This reaction is caused by your immune system. It is estimated that in the 10 years between 1997 and 2007, there was an 18 percent increase in food allergies. What makes this worse is that this increase was seen mostly in young children. The most common foods that cause an allergic reaction are eggs, tree nuts, peanuts, shellfish and fish.
There are two types of food allergies. The one we are going to focus on is the IGE mediated food allergy. This is the type of food allergy that causes people to have respiratory distress, cardiovascular issues, fall into anaphylactic shock and vomit. These allergic reactions are often seen between one and 60 minutes after exposure.
Oral immunotherapy is one of the most investigated approaches for dealing with persistent food allergies like anaphylactic allergies. The idea is that a person will start to eat the food that they are allergic to at very low doses. The rate that the food is given is increased at variable rates. The idea is that over time, oral and intestinal exposure to the antigens will lead to tolerance.
Oral immunotherapy may be used to address milk allergies, egg allergies, peanut and tree nut allergies, wheat/grain allergies, sesame seed allergies, seafood allergies and allergies to certain spices. With oral immunotherapy, you are given incremental doses of the product you are allergic to under the supervision of our qualified medical professional. In most cases, people are much more tolerant of foods that they were allergic to prior to the treatment.
Are you dealing with anaphylactic allergies? You may want to consider oral immunotherapy at Columbia Asthma & Allergy Clinic. We have offices in California, Oregon and Washington. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and get started!