We are pleased to report that we have now enrolled our 16th patient. 15 patients have been treated for peanut therapy and one child recently began therapy for milk allergy. 5 have completed and are in the maintenance phase, while 3 additional patients are very near completion. Fortunately, none of our patients have withdrawn from the program due to side effects of therapy. The age range of our patients is from 4-30, with an average age of 9. Our one adult patient has successfully completed the program and is now safely eating 8 peanuts a day!
It is important to remember that this is a treatment and not a cure for food allergies. Once the maximum dose is reached, typically 8-12 peanuts a day, this must be ingested daily on a forever basis. Recent studies have shown that even a low dose of peanut protein of 300 mg (1¼ peanut) can significantly reduce the risk of accidental exposures and cross contamination.
Spring/Summer is the ideal time to consider starting OIT as children are out of school and there are less colds and viruses that can make up-dosing difficult. Please give us a call if you’d like to consider this therapy for yourself or your child.