How are food allergies safely treated with allergy drops?

By Adem Lewis / in , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , /

In our clinic, my dad was a real pioneer in how to treat food allergies with allergy drops. One of the things that happened when I came and joined the clinic 30 years ago is it was amazing to me the response that we would see with using small amounts of the extracts under the tongue, that we could get systemic tolerance to different things. Most interestingly to me, was the fact that no one else seemed to be able to make a difference in peoples underlying food allergies. With the increase in the last decade, 15 years, with peanut allergy, it becomes even more important to have a tool that can modify the underlying allergic process. We’ve found that absolutely using very small amounts of the antigen or peanut under the tongue allows us to gain a margin of safety with accidental exposures. In fact, I was so interested in the response that we were seeing that I pursued a decades long battle to get the proper academic research studies done looking at, specifically, sublingual immunotherapy for peanut allergy. Now, we actually have randomized, double blind, placebo controlled, multi-center, NIH sponsored trials showing that indeed it does provide a safe and effective way to of treating peanut allergy.

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