Advanced Treatment for Food Allergies - Oral Immunotherapy Treatment
There’s another way to tackle food allergies - oral immunotherapy treatment (OIT). OIT is a process in which the patient is given small, incremental amounts of their allergenic food to decrease sensitivity to their food allergies. Over the period of about six months, the patient will incrementally increase the dose of the food, allowing he or she to freely eat the food that previously threatened their health.
OIT is performed across Texas in our Central Austin, Grapevine and Arlington offices by a board-certified physician. After you’ve gone through the first six weeks of the build up phase, you can go to your closest Texan Allergy & Sinus Center location to do the rest of your doses.
Effectiveness of OIT
80% of patients who choose OIT are able to eat foods that once threatened their health within six months.
How Does OIT Work?
The OIT process can be broken down into four phases:
- Initial dosing: six to eight doses are given in a single day (occurs during a four-six hour time period under physician supervision).
- Build up dosing: the dose is increased incrementally every one to two weeks under observation until the maintenance dose is reached, usually over a period of about six months.
- Maintenance dosing: doses are taken daily for years depending on the physician’s recommendation.
- Long-term resistance and the ability to eat the foods that previously threatened your health.
What is the Desired End Result of OIT?
The primary goal of OIT is to be able to consume a full serving of the allergen without experiencing any adverse reaction: 1 glass of milk, 1 egg, a handful of peanuts, etc.
Learn More About OIT
If you think OIT is the right choice for you or your child, or would like more information, call our office or contact us today to schedule a visit with one of our allergists or ask any questions.