Oral Food Desensitization Program
Baker Allergy Asthma and Dermatology is pleased to announce a new food desensitization program that can provide a long-term solution for patients with peanut, egg, milk, or other food allergies. At the end of this 3-6 month program patients should be able to consume these foods with no allergic reactions. The program introduces minute doses of peanut, egg, milk, or other food protein in solution over a period of one to four months. The program then progresses to small doses of the whole food for an additional two to three months, resulting in tolerance to these foods.
Our goal is to get the patient “bite-proof”. For some patients, the goal may be to add the food to their diet and eat it freely. This outcome would be discussed and determined on a case by case basis depending on the individual. As with every treatment, oral food desensitization is not for everyone, but we have been highly successful in our treatments so far.
We have a number of patients, mostly children ages 4-18, that have graduated from the program and are now consuming peanuts, eggs, and milk products without reaction. This program is designed for a person age four and older, one old enough to understand the reasons for participating and be actively engaged in the process.
The first visit of the desensitization process lasts from 2 to 4 hours. During this time the patient will receive multiple doses of very small amounts of diluted milk, diluted peanut flour, diluted egg powder, or other diluted protein. The patient will return weekly for dose increases followed by a period of observation. Between each visit the patient will take two doses of the desensitizing food each day at home. Once maintenance dose is reached the food must be eaten daily to maintain tolerance.
Frequently Asked Questions About Food Desensitization