OIT - Frequently Asked Questions
What food allergies can you treat with OIT?
Our OIT program covers allergies for egg, dairy, fish, soy, sesame seed, sunflower seed, peanut, chick pea, lentil, and tree nuts (almond, cashew, hazelnut, walnut).
How many allergies can you treat at once?
Treatment will vary from patient to patient, but the most we can treat is 3 food allergies (at a time).
What is the goal of OIT?
The goal of OIT is unique for each patient depending on history, testing, and family preference. Many choose OIT so that over time they can freely eat food that previously threatened their health. Patients that “graduate” our OIT program will continue to keep taking one serving of that food every day to keep up their resistance.
How do I know if I or my child is a candidate for this treatment?
OIT is worth considering for anyone suffering from food allergies. We’ll be able to determine if OIT is a good choice for you or your child in our first consult. Keep in mind that this is at minimum at 6-month commitment where you’ll be visiting our clinic weekly to increase doses.
What is the risk of OIT?
Whenever you’re dealing with allergy immunotherapy, there is a risk of reaction. We’ll be introducing and increasing doses of food allergens over the period of treatment. If there ever is a serious reaction to the food, our staff is available 24/7 to address any concerns.
How long does the process take?
Most of our patients finish the OIT process between 6-10 months. Most hiccups in the process come from delaying a visit due to sickness.
Do you offer allergy drops for foods?
Yes we do for ages as young as 4 months old.