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Archive for February, 2014

Recent Research on Therapy for Food Allergies

Friday, February 14th, 2014

Food Allergies for children has increased immensely  since the 1980′s.  The research on severe food allergies , while promising, has not kept up with the massive increase of Food Allergies children are experiencing.  Children and adolescents with severe food allergies can experience one ore more of the following symptoms after ingesting allergens: mild hives, redness, and itchiness to the skin or severe reactions such as: swelling of the back of the throat, trouble breathing, dizziness, faintness, and drop in blood pressure.   Oral immunotherapy is still the number one promised treatment for food allergies.  Research studies that will give children and teenagers with severe food allergies small but increasing doses of the allergen under a physicians care, is still consisted the best and most promising treatment.  This method will over time desensitize the patient to the allergen.  However, it is considered to be still VERY RISKY.  The research has utilized various methods and ingredients for the desensitization.  Such methods are: taking omalizumub, Chinese herbs, creating a non-allergic peanut, skin patches, and drops under the tongue.  While more research is called for.  This particular method is so far the best therapy incase a individual unknowingly ingests an allergen.  For parents with allergic children the therapy or treatment cannot come too soon.