New Therapy for Food Allergy Builds Tolerance Through Exposure

Researchers are applying an old principle to a new treatment for food allergy -- fight fire with fire. The technique is called oral immunotherapy, and it essentially attempts to build a child's tolerance by gradually exposing them via oral ingestion to the food proteins that typically trigger a severe allergic reaction, or anaphylactic shock. "The purpose of immunotherapy is to change your immune response over a period of months to years," said Dr. Wesley Burks, chief of pediatric allergy and...Full Story
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