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Allergy & Immunology

Food Allergy Immunotherapy Clinic

Food Allergy Treatment Options

The standard of care for food allergy has long been avoidance of the food(s) and treatment of allergic symptoms and anaphylaxis (a severe allergic reaction) with injectable epinephrine. Over the past decades, research has focused on treatment using oral immunotherapy (OIT) taken by mouth, epicutaneous immunotherapy (EPIT) worn as a patch, and sublingual immunotherapy (SLIT) placed under the tongue. The purpose of these types of treatments is to prevent or decrease the severity of allergic reactions (including anaphylaxis) that may occur after accidental ingestion of a food allergen.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently approved Palforzia, a standardized OIT product for peanut allergy. Studies are underway for OIT products for egg and other food allergies. Another investigational product called Viaskin is currently being evaluated by the FDA as EPIT for peanut and milk allergies. Ongoing studies are also looking at OIT to multiple foods at once and/or with the addition of medications that can alter the immune response,  which might make this type of immunotherapy safer.

Read OIT Frequently Asked Questions.

Personalized Care

  • Customized treatment plan
  • Experienced team to offer guidance and support each step of the way
  • Assistance available 24 hr/day, 7 days/week
  • Supportive community that understands the challenges of living with a food allergy
  • Long-term care and support
  • Opportunities for engagement

Our Team

Stephanie Leonard, M.D., Director of Food Allergy Center

 

 

 

 

 

 


Susan Laubach, M.D.
, Co-Director of Food Allergy Center

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kayleigh Prowse, CPNP

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amy Grissinger, CPNP

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Team members also include LVNs

Resources 

American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology
https://www.aaaai.org/conditions-and-treatments/library/allergy-library/oit

Food Allergy Research and Education
https://www.foodallergy.org/resources/oral-immunotherapy-oit

Results of the Palforzia Clinical Trial
https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMoa1812856?url_ver=Z39.88-2003&rfr_id=ori:rid:crossref.org&rfr_dat=cr_pub%3dpubmed

Results of the Viaskin Peanut Clinical Trial
https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/fullarticle/2725896

U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

https://www.fda.gov/news-events/press-announcements/fda-approves-first-drug-treatment-peanut-allergy-children

https://www.fda.gov/vaccines-blood-biologics/allergenics/palforzia