A New Treatment Can Relieve Food Allergies, But Few Doctors Offer It

February 22, 2019

(NPR) – Some of these kids — as well as adults with severe food allergies — are trying a new treatment. And they’re not waiting around for the Food and Drug Administration to approve it. The treatment, known as oral immunotherapy, involves consuming tiny amounts of the trigger food, with gradual increases in dose. Over time, the immune system learns to react less vigorously to the allergen. Because there’s not yet an FDA-approved version of this treatment, most medical providers don’t yet offer it. So most patients can get it only by enrolling in research studies, of which there have been dozens in recent years.

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