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Can you get allergy desensitization/immunotherapy shots for allergies to foods?
7 doctors weighed in

Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
2 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
This is usually done with small incremental challenges of the food rather than shots.

In brief: Yes
This is usually done with small incremental challenges of the food rather than shots.
Dr. Patrick Melder
Dr. Patrick Melder
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Dr. John Overholt
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: No
There are no protocols to desensitize someone to foods via injections.
There are oral desensitization protocols, but at present they are only suitable for research studies.

In brief: No
There are no protocols to desensitize someone to foods via injections.
There are oral desensitization protocols, but at present they are only suitable for research studies.
Dr. John Overholt
Dr. John Overholt
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Dr. Michael Palumbo
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
In brief: No
Thus far there is no effective means for desensitization to foods across the boards and any attempts at desensitazation should not be tried at home.
There are clinical trials in progress some of which are very positive however adverse reactions including death have occurred in the past and therefore until standard protocols are in place this should not be considered. Avoidance only.

In brief: No
Thus far there is no effective means for desensitization to foods across the boards and any attempts at desensitazation should not be tried at home.
There are clinical trials in progress some of which are very positive however adverse reactions including death have occurred in the past and therefore until standard protocols are in place this should not be considered. Avoidance only.
Dr. Michael Palumbo
Dr. Michael Palumbo
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Dr. Andrew Murphy
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
In brief: NO!
Allergy shots for foods is not indicated.
Several studies in the past have demonstrated that food allergy shots are potentially very dangerous. Oral desensitization studies are ongoing and look very promising but the data is not yet clear as to the proper dosing, duration and whether this is "curative" or offer some degree of protection for accidental exposures. Google cofars for a good resource.

In brief: NO!
Allergy shots for foods is not indicated.
Several studies in the past have demonstrated that food allergy shots are potentially very dangerous. Oral desensitization studies are ongoing and look very promising but the data is not yet clear as to the proper dosing, duration and whether this is "curative" or offer some degree of protection for accidental exposures. Google cofars for a good resource.
Dr. Andrew Murphy
Dr. Andrew Murphy
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