Food allergies affect 1 in 13 children, but oral immunotherapy (OIT) can help. With OIT, the patient receives small amounts of a food allergen to decrease their sensitivity, gradually increasing the dose over the six months.
After you’ve gone through the first two to four weeks of the build up phase, you can go to your closest Aspire Allergy & Sinus location to do the rest of your doses.*
We test and treat the following food allergies:
OIT is a very successful treatment that sees over 80% of patients able to eat foods that once threatened their health within six months of treatment.
This form of therapy involves the exposure of allergenic foods to the patients, so there is a risk of anaphylaxis. However, our staff carefully supervises all patients during this process, and all treatments and test are overseen by a Board-Certified Allergist.
The OIT process can be broken down into four phases:
Initial dosing: seven to 13 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.
Along with taking the maintenance doses, patients get long-term resistance and the ability to eat the foods that previously threatened their health.
The primary goal of OIT is to be able to consume a full serving of the allergen without experiencing any adverse reaction: one glass of milk, one egg, a handful of peanuts, etc.
For patients who know what they're allergic to, we're able to start OIT after the initial consult with our physician. For patients who aren't exactly sure or haven't had a reaction to a certain food, we use an oral food challenge to determine the severity of allergies and food sensitivities.
Food challenges are designed to understand each patient's tolerance to their food allergy and lets our physician know where and what foods to start on OIT.
Have more questions about OIT? Check out our OIT Frequently Asked Questions page.