Oral Immunotherapy (OIT)
What Is Oral Immunotherapy?
Oral immunotherapy or food desensitization is the process by which we introduce small amounts of the food you are allergic to and slowly build it up over time. This allows patients who previously reacted to even the tiniest amounts of food to often tolerate up to a serving of the food.
Oral immunotherapy is one of the most investigated approaches for dealing with persistent food allergies like anaphylactic allergies. These allergic reactions are often seen between one and 60 minutes after exposure.
Anyone Can Try It
Any patient with a food allergy and commitment to OIT is a good candidate. No patient is too allergic to undergo OIT – it just might take the severely allergic person longer to reach their maintenance dose. Rather, patients with severe, life-threatening reactions to food allergens would benefit the most from OIT
Effectiveness & Safety
70-90% of patients are able to successfully complete the OIT program. The main risk of OIT is the possibility of anaphylaxis with <2% of patients having this complication. All of our updoses and desensitization visits are carefully supervised by a board-certified allergist.
We have the ability to desensitize to any food, but the most common foods that we desensitize to are:
- Tree nuts (almond, cashew, pistachio, walnut, pecan, hazelnut, macadamia nut, brazil nut, and pine nut)
We will work with you in determining your goals and the best course of therapy for you. Some patients are interested in cross contamination protection vs others would like to be able to eat large amounts of the food. We can work with you to reach whatever your desired goals are.
Comprehensive Allergy, Asthma & Acne Care
Physicians and staff of Vital Allergy & Asthma Center are committed to providing compassionate, individualized, high quality medical care to patients of all ages in a warm and friendly environment.
This is achieved by utilizing state-of the art, innovative diagnostic tools in treating asthma, bronchitis, eye allergies, food allergies, skin allergies, rhinitis, sinusitis, and other allergic, and immunologic diseases.
The OIT Process
Typically, it takes 6-8 months to desensitize to 1 food and 8-12 months for multi-food OIT. This is personalized however, and some children have finished as early as 4 months.
The Goal of OIT is to provide you and your child with safety and peace of mind.