Oral Food Immunotherapy Specialist

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Premier Allergy and Asthma

Allergy and Asthma Specialists located in Columbus, OH and the surrounding areas

If you’re allergic to certain foods you’d like to eat symptom-free, you don’t have to avoid these allergens indefinitely. At Premier Allergy and Asthma, the experienced team of allergists offers oral food immunotherapy to help your body build up a tolerance to foods and provide permanent relief. Schedule an appointment over the phone or online with Premier Allergy and Asthma at one of the offices in Dublin, Westerville, Canal Winchester, Lancaster, Marysville, Delaware, New Albany, Hilliard, Grove City, and Grandview, Ohio.

Oral Food Immunotherapy Q & A

What is oral food immunotherapy?

Oral food immunotherapy, or immunotherapy for food allergies, is allergy treatment in which your allergist exposes you to tiny amounts of food you’re allergic to. For example, you might experience unpleasant symptoms after eating peanuts, tree nuts, milk, shellfish, eggs, or wheat.

The amount of an allergen you get exposed to is so small that you don’t experience a severe allergic reaction. Over time, your doctor increases the dosage you receive until your body develops a tolerance to food allergens.

What are the symptoms of food allergies?

If you have a food allergy, you might experience one or more of the following symptoms up to two hours after eating:

  • Hives
  • Swelling of your lips or face
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Stomach cramps
  • Sneezing
  • Throat swelling
  • Wheezing or coughing
  • Dizziness or fainting
  • Low blood pressure
  • Becoming unconscious

The goal of oral food immunotherapy is to gradually increase your body’s threshold to allergic reactions. During treatment, you must still carry an epinephrine shot if you required one prior to immunotherapy.

What should I expect during oral food immunotherapy?

If oral food immunotherapy is right for you, your allergist offers you daily doses in the first stages of treatment. After this initial stage is complete, you might attend biweekly office visits for several months or years. Your doctor may ask you to complete home monitoring, and avoid hot showers or exercise for 2-4 hours after a food immunotherapy dose.

Am I a good candidate for oral immunotherapy?

To find out if you’re a candidate for oral food immunotherapy, your allergist reviews your medical history and asks questions about your symptoms. They may use a blood test or skin prick test to find out which allergens your body reacts to, or ask you to keep a food diary. 

Your allergist might recommend oral food immunotherapy if avoiding certain foods negatively impacts your everyday life, you have severe food allergies, or you’re allergic to foods you’d like to be able to eat.

Don’t live with food allergy symptoms when a simple, long-lasting treatment is available at Premier Allergy and Asthma. Schedule an appointment over the phone to learn more or use the online booking tool today.