Peanut allergy, milk allergy and other food allergies can now be successfully treated!
Dr. Wasserman at Dallas Allergy Immunology (DAI) has been providing Food Oral Immunotherapy (OIT) since 2008 for people allergic to peanuts, milk and eggs.
Over time the OIT program has expanded to treat wheat, tree nut and soy allergies.
My son Alexander has been successfully desensitized to peanuts. This blog documents every phase of his treatment.
Alexander "graduated" in 2011 and eats a maintenance dose of 8 peanuts per day.
According to the DAI Quarterly Newsletter published July 2012:
"DAI has a number of children who have graduated from our Food OIT program and are now eating eggs, peanuts, cashews, pecans and wheat or drinking milk without reactions"
"This program is designed for a child of school age or older who will be old enough to understand the reasons for participating and be actively engaged in the process."
Below are the current Oral Immunotherapy treatment statistics from DAI's June newsletter.
Patients who have graduated or "completed" the program are considered desensitized to their particular food allergy.
"From 2008 to present:
27 complete, 3 active
39 complete, 16 active
81 complete, 26 active
1 complete, 1 active
3 complete 0 active
0 complete, 1 active"
This program has provided Alexander both physical and mental relief. Allergies to peanuts, tree nuts and a few other foods can be deadly. Food allergies in general can be very debilitating.
For more information see:
Peanut Allergic Teenager Eats a Peanut
Milk Allergy Treatment
Peanut and Food Allergy Testing Results for Alexander Over the Years
Precise Dose for Peanut Oral Immunotherapy Treatment
Peanut Allergic Teen Officially Desensitized to Peanuts