One of my pediatric patients with egg allergy had severe cramping and stomach pain and was about 20 pounds below weight. He started on the allergy serum and looked and felt like a new kid.
Mesa, Arizona (PRWEB) May 30, 2014
For those with an egg allergy, they have probably been dished the standard advice: Avoid eggs! But with eggs lurking in baked goods, pasta, canned soup, marshmallows and more, this is easier said than done.
But a treatment known as sublingual immunotherapy is making it possible for many egg allergy sufferers to have their omelette and their health, too. The treatment works similar to allergy shots, desensitizing people to the allergens that used to make them miserable. It starts with an allergy serum that is dispensed under the tongue and absorbed into the bloodstream through cells in the mouth. The serum contains extracts of egg proteins that your body learns to "make peace" with instead of overreacting to.
Sublingual immunotherapy made headlines a couple years ago when researchers at Duke University Medical Center used it to reduce peanut allergies in children.
Dr. Stuart Agren, director of the Family Allergy Clinic in Mesa, Arizona, has been using sublingual immunotherapy (SLIT) since 1985 to treat patients' environmental allergies (grasses, trees, pets, etc.) A few years ago, he joined a select group of doctors using SLIT to treat various food allergens.
Agren said that the Family Allergy Clinic serum can help desensitize patients to dozens of major food allergens including eggs, milk, wheat and rice. For some patients, this can account for a huge shift in their quality of life.
"I get a lot of patients in with severe skin rashes or gastrointestinal problems from food allergies," said Dr. Agren. "One of my pediatric patients with egg allergy had severe cramping and stomach pain and was about 20 pounds below weight. He started on the allergy serum and looked and felt like a new kid."
After milk allergy, egg allergy is the most typical allergy found in children. People can be allergic to proteins found in both the yolks and the whites but are more commonly allergic to the whites.
For more information about sublingual immunotherapy or Family Allergy Clinic, visit them online at familyallergyclinic.com or call 480-827-9945.
3048 E. Baseline Road, Suite 122
Mesa, AZ 85204