FOOD ORAL IMMUNOTHERAPY (OIT)
FOOD ORAL IMMUNOTHERAPY (OIT)
Now there is a new way to treat food allergies without strict diets. Safely eat foods that must currently be avoided – wheat, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, milk, etc. OIT works for both children and adults.
Eliminate food allergies permanently with Oral Immunotherapy. Food OIT uses a specific procedure to introduce the food allergen back into the diet. The primary goal is safety – our patients can ingest the allergenic food and foods that contain the allergenic food without thinking about it. And parents no longer need to worry that their child will be exposed when away from home.
Since 2012, KCAA has successfully offered this innovative therapy, which is available at a handful of practices nationwide. Contact us at our dedicated OIT number – (913) 942-2494 – or submit the form below for more information. Watch our OIT video which is designed to describe the process and answer frequently asked questions.
“Our daughter, Adyson, participated in the peanut Oral Immunotherapy Program at KCAA and it has changed our lives for the better. Adyson is now free to participate in activities with friends and family without the constant worry of a possible reaction. Dr. Ward and the amazing staff at KCAA were wonderful to work with and were available at any time to assist in answering questions or addressing concerns. There are no words to accurately express the gratitude we have to Dr. Ward and KCAA for changing our daughter’s life.”
– Thank you, Jayma & Matt D.
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT FOOD OIT
How does OIT work?
How long will the entire OIT process take?
What is the goal?
What is the success rate of OIT?
How is the OIT program billed, and what does it cost?
Are there age restrictions?
Is anyone “too allergic” for OIT?
If the patient is allergic to multiple foods, will completing OIT for one food help treat other food allergies?
Are there any side effects?
Can a child start the OIT program if he/she does not get immunizations or is behind on scheduled immunizations?
Should routine allergy medications be stopped before the first day procedure?
What is the timeline after the first day procedure?
How often can the dose be increased?
What time of day should home doses be given?
How long should the patient remain awake after the dose is given?
Is a home dose given on the same day of the office visit when the dose increases?
How is a reaction at home handled?
What if we are traveling on an airplane when the dose is due?
At what point is food purchased at the supermarket used for dosing?
Peanut, Tree Nuts, Chickpea: When dosing with whole food, patients will buy their own food. Nut butters and flours may be substituted for the peanut or tree nut during escalation dosing. We can discuss allowable food substitutes upon request.
Egg: Patients can purchase liquid egg white or egg white powder for home dosing after completing the dosing with KCAA-provided solutions.
Milk: Patients can purchase whole milk for home dosing after completing the dosing with KCAA provided solutions.
Wheat: When dosing with Wheat Chex cereal, patients are required to buy their own cereal and bring it to each dosing appointment. Wheat bread may also be used.
Can whole eggs be substituted for liquid egg white?
At what point can the milk product be varied?
Does the food solution need refrigeration?
What do I do if refrigeration is not maintained or if the dose smells or tastes different?
What if I need additional doses and am out of town?
What if the patient is sick and can’t take the dose on schedule?
What about masking the taste of the food solution?
When can foods containing the allergenic food be introduced into the regular diet?
What is the follow up schedule when maintenance dosing is reached?
When dosing once daily, is the time of day that the dose is given important?
Does the patient need to avoid exercise during the OIT process?
Can two OIT foods, one on maintenance dose and one on increasing dose be given at the same time?
How much of the allergenic food can/must the patient eat during the maintenance phase of the OIT process?
In most cases the food may be freely added to the diet after reaching the maintenance phase of treatment.
Cashew, Hazelnut, Almond, Pistachio and Peanut: 8 nuts
Walnut: 3 ½ walnuts
Pecan: 7 pecans
Egg: 2 teaspoons egg white powder or 2 tablespoons of liquid egg white
Milk: 240ml (8 oz) whole or 2% milk
Wheat: 75 Wheat Chex (3/4 cups) or 1 slice whole wheat bread
Chickpea: 16 chickpeas
Soy: 240ml (8 oz) soy milk
If the frequency of the maintenance dose changes, we will communicate it. Until then, the patient should continue the daily maintenance dose as directed.
When can the maintenance dose be stopped?
How soon after completion of the OIT process for one food can a food challenge begin for another food?
How soon after completion of OIT for one food can a second program be performed for another food?
FOR FURTHER QUESTIONS, CALL OUR DEDICATED OIT LINE AT (913) 942-2494 OR VISIT WWW.OIT101.ORG
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