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Is there a treatment for food allergies?

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Dr. Yoram Padeh
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
7 doctors agree

In brief: No

There are currently no fda-approved "treatments" for food allergies.
Identification and avoidance is the only currently approved and recommended method to deal with food allergies. There are research trials looking into actual treatments, and sublingual immunotherapy (slit) is being used "off-label" as a treatment, but they are not yet recognized in the us as "approved" treatments.

In brief: No

There are currently no fda-approved "treatments" for food allergies.
Identification and avoidance is the only currently approved and recommended method to deal with food allergies. There are research trials looking into actual treatments, and sublingual immunotherapy (slit) is being used "off-label" as a treatment, but they are not yet recognized in the us as "approved" treatments.
Dr. Yoram Padeh
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Dr. Andrew Murphy
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
4 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

The current accepted treatment for food allergy is avoidance and being prepared to treat any reaction that might occur. There are ongoing clinical trials through cofars (the consortium for food allergy research) that are investigating whether or not sublingual or oral desensitization or tolerance to the particular food in question is possible.
The preliminary data is promising but not definitive.

In brief: Yes

The current accepted treatment for food allergy is avoidance and being prepared to treat any reaction that might occur. There are ongoing clinical trials through cofars (the consortium for food allergy research) that are investigating whether or not sublingual or oral desensitization or tolerance to the particular food in question is possible.
The preliminary data is promising but not definitive.
Dr. Andrew Murphy
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Dr. James Sublett
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
4 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

The treatment for confirmed food allergy is avoidance.
Approximately 2% of adults and 5% of children have true allergies to foods. Milk, egg, soy, wheat, peanut, tree nut, shellfish, & fish account for over 90% of true food allergies. Many people think they or their children have food allergies when they may only have some intolerance to the food. See a board certified allergist for an evaluation.

In brief: Yes

The treatment for confirmed food allergy is avoidance.
Approximately 2% of adults and 5% of children have true allergies to foods. Milk, egg, soy, wheat, peanut, tree nut, shellfish, & fish account for over 90% of true food allergies. Many people think they or their children have food allergies when they may only have some intolerance to the food. See a board certified allergist for an evaluation.
Dr. James Sublett
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Dr. Michael Palumbo
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
3 doctors agree

In brief: Confused yet?

There are many insightful answered posted to this question.
The bottom line is that for a truly documented ige mediated food allergy and not food intolerance or insensitivity there is no approved method for treating other than avoidance. There are clinical trials in place and favorable results for foods such as milk and egg however standard protocols and parameters are still being worked out.

In brief: Confused yet?

There are many insightful answered posted to this question.
The bottom line is that for a truly documented ige mediated food allergy and not food intolerance or insensitivity there is no approved method for treating other than avoidance. There are clinical trials in place and favorable results for foods such as milk and egg however standard protocols and parameters are still being worked out.
Dr. Michael Palumbo
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Dr. Eulogio Galvez
General Practice
3 doctors agree

In brief: No

Definitely avod foods that you are allergic too.

In brief: No

Definitely avod foods that you are allergic too.
Dr. Eulogio Galvez
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Dr. Maziar Rezvani
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
2 doctors agree

In brief: No

Currently there are no fda-approved treatment for food allergies.
Avoidance is not treatment. Desensitization protocols are still experimental.

In brief: No

Currently there are no fda-approved treatment for food allergies.
Avoidance is not treatment. Desensitization protocols are still experimental.
Dr. Maziar Rezvani
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2 comments
Dr. Luis Matos
Please let us not argue over semantics. Avoidance or allergens is a long term tried and proven treatment for allergy. see second definition below: treat·ment/ˈtrētmənt/ Noun: 1. The manner in which someone behaves toward or deals with someone or something. 2. Medical care given to a patient for an illness or injury. FDA approval does not define what is a treatment.
Dr. Luis Matos
"Avoidance of allergens...
Dr. Richard Lavi
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

Food allergy is a growing problem. For decades we have had little advice to offer patients aside from avoid what they know causes anaphylactic reactions and carry epipens (epinephrine).
Only recently has medical science proven that oral desensitization is possible, probably safe and likely to be effective at "curing" food allergy. This is the next treatment frontier for food allergy.

In brief: Yes

Food allergy is a growing problem. For decades we have had little advice to offer patients aside from avoid what they know causes anaphylactic reactions and carry epipens (epinephrine).
Only recently has medical science proven that oral desensitization is possible, probably safe and likely to be effective at "curing" food allergy. This is the next treatment frontier for food allergy.
Dr. Richard Lavi
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Dr. Sarkis Banipalsin
Family Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes

It is important to eliminate allergens, work on the diet, either strict or rotational diet per specialist, and change the immune response.
There are some medications and supplements which may help. Advise to see an allergy specialist.

In brief: Yes

It is important to eliminate allergens, work on the diet, either strict or rotational diet per specialist, and change the immune response.
There are some medications and supplements which may help. Advise to see an allergy specialist.
Dr. Sarkis Banipalsin
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Dr. Leonard Spishakoff
Addiction Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes

Avoidance is the most effective.

In brief: Yes

Avoidance is the most effective.
Dr. Leonard Spishakoff
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Dr. Nassir Azimi
Clinical Lipidology

In brief: Yes

In brief: Yes

Desensitization.
Dr. Nassir Azimi
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Dr. Michael Zacharisen
Desensitization is not currently a recommended treatment for food allergies in the U.S. although clinical trials are being conducted.
Dr. Steven Machtinger
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology

In brief: No

Actually, not yet.
Two approaches - oral desensitization with initially small and gradually increasing doses of specific foods and a combination of medications found in two herbs are currently under active investigation. Its important for food allergic people to realize that these methods should not be tried at home until we have definite answers about effectiveness and safety.

In brief: No

Actually, not yet.
Two approaches - oral desensitization with initially small and gradually increasing doses of specific foods and a combination of medications found in two herbs are currently under active investigation. Its important for food allergic people to realize that these methods should not be tried at home until we have definite answers about effectiveness and safety.
Dr. Steven Machtinger
Dr. Steven Machtinger
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Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine

In brief: Yes

There are different types of food allergies.
With avoidance the sensitivity often lessens over time. Many food allergies are associated with intestinal imbalances (increased intestinal permeability, candida overgrowth) and treating those conditions can help. Some docs desensitize with injections and drops and there are interesting alternative techniques like naet and bioset that sometimes help.

In brief: Yes

There are different types of food allergies.
With avoidance the sensitivity often lessens over time. Many food allergies are associated with intestinal imbalances (increased intestinal permeability, candida overgrowth) and treating those conditions can help. Some docs desensitize with injections and drops and there are interesting alternative techniques like naet and bioset that sometimes help.
Dr. Randy Baker
Dr. Randy Baker
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