The Internet is blazing today with stories about a study conducted at John Hopkins University regarding children with egg allergies “being cured” or improved thanks to Oral Immunotherapy. Oral Immunoltherapy (OIT) is when a patient is given increasing doses of a food with the hopes of tolerating the allergen or easing the seriousness of an allergic reaction. Truly, is it is not a cure, but we are on the right path! This is great news thanks to Dr. Wesley Burks and Dr. Stacie Jones!
But…since it sounds easy and simple I think it is human nature to want to try this at home. OIT is still considered experimental and should only be conducted under physician care and in a controlled environment-prepared to handle a serious allergic reaction. The goal of this study and OIT is to ever so slowly desensitize folks with food allergies by exposing them to larger and larger doses of the allergen. OIT is showing great promise although some patients dropped out of the study when they had reactions and some lost their tolerance to the allergen when they stopped eating it for one month. So, if you go down this path, you need to be ready to eat that past allergen on a regular basis!
To give a quick snapshot of today’s articles about this Egg Oral Immunotherapy and a possible cure…please take a look at the links below!
New England Journal of Medicine: “Oral Immunotherapy for Treatment of Egg Allergy in Children”
From Health 24- “Exposure Therapy Works For Food Allergies”
Good work Dr. Wesley Burks and Dr. Stacie Jones and thank you for your tireless efforts to find a food allergy cure!!