Food Allergies

What causes my allergies?

If you have a food allergy, your immune system overreacts to a particular protein found in that food. Symptoms can occur when coming in contact with just a tiny amount of the food. Severe allergic reactions to food occur within minutes to hours of eating the trigger food. Understanding if your reaction to food is a life-threatening allergy versus an intolerance to food can help with guiding food restrictions and treatment recommendations.

How do we evaluate your food allergies?

Proper diagnosis of food allergies is extremely important. Identifying trigger foods can help with targeted avoidance, more liberalized diets, and focused treatment. Studies have shown that many suspected food allergies are caused by other conditions such as a food intolerance. Skin tests are the first step in evaluating food allergies. Sometimes blood tests are ordered. A food challenge under the care of your allergist / immunologist may be recommended to confirm or resolve an allergy.

If you are diagnosed with a food allergy, Auni Allergy creates a personalized preparedness plan. Active treatment experience options like SLIT or OIT are reviewed to help reduce food allergy reactions. If you are diagnosed with food intolerance or oral allergy syndrome, you may be able to ingest small quantities or certain forms of the food without having a reaction.

Auni Allergy Treatment Experiences

Sublingual Immunotherapy (SLIT)

Sublingual immunotherapy (SLIT) is an active food treatment done at home or on-the-go. SLIT involves placing allergen drops under the tongue every day. Updoses are administered in our office. The remainder of the treatment experience is done in the comfort of your home. Symptom improvement is gradual over the course of your treatment.

Oral Immunotherapy (OIT)

Oral immunotherapy (OIT) is another active treatment for food allergy. Allergenic foods are introduced in gradually increasing amounts to allow the body to get used to the food. Many patients who undergo oral immunotherapy are eventually able to tolerate a full serving of their food allergen. Others aim for being “bite safe,” the ability to tolerate enough of the food to recognize its accidental presence in a food.

Understanding food allergy treatment options is important for reducing food anxiety and working towards allergy-free living.

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