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Study Shows Effectiveness of Oral Immunotherapy for Treating Peanut Allergies

Posted by Advanced Specialty Care on Nov 20, 2018 2:45:37 PM

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At the annual American College of Allergy Asthma and Immunology meeting being held in Seattle, Washington this November, the results from a study on a peanut immunotherapy product were reported on. The study advances our knowledge regarding the potential treatments for peanut allergy and further validates the effectiveness of medically supervised Oral Immunotherapy.

Peanut allergy is common, affecting approximately one in 50 American children. Peanut allergic reactions are thought to cause more deaths from anaphylaxis than any other food allergen. The traditional approach for the treatment of peanut allergy is to avoid peanuts, even as a mixed ingredient of another food, and to carry emergency medicine (including an epinephrine autoinjector) at all time. These restrictions and the associated fear of triggering an allergic reaction usually result in a significant impairment of quality of life.

Oral Immunotherapy Program at Advanced Specialty Care

The study, reported on November 18, 2018 at the Allergy meeting in Seattle, involved a trial of a drug called AR101, developed by Aimmune Therapeutics. The drug, described as a “peanut-derived investigational biologic oral immunotherapy drug,” is essentially defatted peanut flour that is carefully measured and packed into capsules or foil sachets. The results, that will be published this week in the New England Journal of Medicine, provide additional evidence that Food Oral Immunotherapy is effective and can be safely performed under proper medical supervision.

At Advanced Specialty Care, our Allergy and Asthma specialists initiated a similar peanut Oral Immunotherapy Program nearly four years ago utilizing carefully measured quantities of peanut flour. Several hundred food allergic children have received Food Oral Immunotherapy through our office and the results have been incredibly successful. Our Food Oral Immunotherapy program isn't just limited to peanuts either! We currently we administer Food Oral Immunotherapy for those who have allergies to peanut, tree nuts, sesame, cow’s milk and egg.

- Dr. Jonathan Bell, Allergy & Asthma Specialist

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Our board certified Allergy and Asthma specialists can provide testing and treatment for seasonal, food, pet, insect allergies and more, as well as asthma. Allergy and Asthma appointments are available in our Danbury, New Milford, Norwalk and Ridgefield locations. If you have questions about Food Oral Immunotherapy and allergy treatments or would like to schedule an appointment, please call our office at (203) 830-4700 or simply click here to fill out an appointment request form.  

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Advanced Specialty Care is a multi-specialty private practice caring for patients in Fairfield County, CT for over 30 years. We are committed to the well-being of our patients. In addition to Allergy & Asthma, we have expertise in Ear, Nose and Throat Disease, Head and Neck Surgery, Audiology, Cosmetic and Plastic Surgery, and Dermatology and Skin Care. Our six, convenient Connecticut offices include, Danbury, New Milford, Norwalk, Ridgefield, Southbury and Stamford.

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