Desensitization Programs

The New England Food Allergy Treatment Center desensitizes patients with peanut, tree nut, milk, egg and other food allergies using a procedure known as oral immunotherapy (OIT) where patients are fed small incremental amounts of food proteins to which they are allergic.

Until recently, the only treatment for food allergic patients has been strict avoidance of these foods and carrying injections of epinephrine in the event of an accidental ingestion.  Today there is exciting and effective treatment available for the majority of peanut, tree nut, milk and egg allergic patients.  It is called oral immunotherapy, and in our carefully controlled clinical setting we have safely desensitized children and adults who are allergic to these foods.

As a result of this new treatment, if allergic patients are accidentally exposed to these foods, they should not experience an allergic reaction.  Many can eventually consume as much of these foods as they would like while on treatment.

The Patient Need

Many patients feel ‘trapped’ by not only the inability to eat certain foods, but also the worry (or anxiety) that a triggering allergen may unknowingly be present in any food.  Just knowing that a tiny amount of an allergic ingredient could create a serious medical problem is an uncomfortable and frightening feeling, to say the least.  Our goal is to minimize or eliminate that fear and danger.

Clinical Protocol

Patients initially ingest very small amounts of the food that they are allergic to at the New England Food Allergy Treatment Center.  This dose is increased over approximately 8-10 months and will allow the patient to consume a predetermined amount of peanut, tree nut, milk product or egg.  There are no uncomfortable shots involved.  Everything is done orally.  We have desensitized just over 900 peanut allergic patients to date with over a 90% success rate in reaching a maintenance dose.

Patient Safety is Paramount

Patient safety is of utmost concern.  Our entire facility – including staff and equipment – is dedicated exclusively to the treatment of food allergies.

Since we have had extensive experience with oral immunotherapy to the peanut and followed an IRB approved protocol during our treatment phase, this should provide confidence to patients and referring physicians that we have addressed safety concerns and follow rigorous scientific standards.

For More Information

We welcome the opportunity to discuss our Center’s protocols and procedures with you.  Simply contact us to schedule a consultation.   We look forward to hearing from you!

Additional information can be found in our frequently asked questions, or results sections of our website.  You can also download our free flyer that contains the top 10 most common fallacies about peanut allergies, or download our free brochure that contains an overview of our facility, professional team and information about our food allergy desensitization programs.