Oral Immunotherapy in Lawrenceville, GA
Suffering from Allergies? The Allergy and Asthma Center Provides Oral Immunotherapy in Lawrenceville, GA for Patients Suffering from Food Allergies Such as Peanut Allergy, Milk and Egg Allergy, Seafood Allergies & Many More. Call Us or Book Your Appointment Online.
Parents are being sent home letters advising them to not let their little ones bring peanut butter to school to protect kids with allergies. However, children may still come in contact with allergens outside of the classroom. In fact, your kid’s favorite restaurant may handle the allergen, which could lead to cross contamination. Whether you’re a parent – or an adult with a food allergy – you may significantly reduce the inconvenience allergies cause through oral immunotherapy from The Allergy and Asthma Center, serving Lawrenceville, GA and the nearby region.
General Information About Food Allergies
Food allergies occur when you or your child’s immune system determines a certain food is harmful, typically the protein in that food. In return, the immune system reacts by trying to combat the food. This can lead to a number of symptoms like nausea, vomiting, indigestion, abdominal cramping, or diarrhea. Some patients experience itching or tingling in their mouth. They might notice swelling in their throat, lips, tongue, face, or mouth. Sometimes, the allergy may cause a rash or hives. Breathing difficulty is a possibility as well, in particular, in people who have a more serious allergy.
Most of our patients have mild to moderate symptoms of a food allergy. However, some individuals experience a life-threatening reaction known as anaphylaxis. This particular reaction occurs when the patients entire body responds to the allergen. As a result, the person could experience symptoms ranging from anxiousness to chest discomfort to difficulty swallowing to wheezing. In some cases, the patient may have dizziness, slurred speech, or unconsciousness.
Food Allergy Statistics
Researchers believe about 32 million Americans have food allergies, which includes 5.6 million individuals under the age of 18. The statistics show one in 13 children have a food allergy. When you think about the average classroom holding at least 30 students, that’s two children in every classroom experiencing an allergy.
Even though people have reported over 170 foods that have caused a reaction, the eight most common food allergies include the following:
• Tree nuts and peanuts
Oral Immunotherapy for Allergies
The Allergy and Asthma Center provides oral immunotherapy in Lawrenceville, GA, which desensitizes your immune system. After repeated exposure to an allergen, your body no longer reacts the same. Sometimes, you only have mild symptoms while it’s possible to have no reaction at all after immunotherapy.
Oral immunotherapy starts with our allergy doctor asking you information about your allergies. Our allergists learn about how severe your reaction is. If you’re not 100-percent sure of all of your allergies, we may provide you with allergy testing. The test consists of our allergist exposing you to various allergens. Then, waiting for your body’s response to those allergens.
Once we’ve gathered enough information about your medical history, we can start immunotherapy treatment. We’ll start you off with a small dose of your allergen via an oral tablet you place under your tongue. Based on a schedule we determine together after a review of your medical history we begin to increase the dosage. Eventually, your body doesn’t react the same to that allergen. In some cases, your immune system might not react at all, so you don’t have any symptoms when you consume that food.