Why You Should Consider Oral Immunotherapy (OIT) if you have a Wheat Allergy
Are you sensitive to gluten? There are many symptoms of a gluten intolerance. You may experience swelling, itching, or any kind of irritation within your mouth. Hives, nasal congestion, watery eyes, trouble breathing, cramps, and diarrhea are also known symptoms. If you have dealt with these issues after consuming gluten, then you may be one of the many people suffering from a wheat allergy. Luckily, there’s help.
The Allergy Group has formulated an oral immunotherapy (OIT) to help treat these issues. Oral immunotherapy is administering small doses of an allergic substance, in graded amounts, to a patient. In time, as the doses are escalated, the patient reaches a buildup phase. In this phase, they are given a single high dosage, then observed for a 45-minute time-period. Following this observation phase, the patient is given the same dosage for two weeks when they have their next visit. This will go on until the patient is suited to try a meal size equivalent portion of the substance.
When concerning children, extra caution is placed in the process. It is anticipated that an allergic break out may occur, so children are closely monitored, and the situation is prepared for accordingly. The most common side effect is delayed gastrointestinal issues.
Patients should anticipate using subthreshold doses to achieve desensitization over their lifetime. Building up an immunity to a substance helps alleviate the stress you experienced when accidentally consuming an allergen food. For example, one may not need to rush to an emergency room for fear of their life if they’ve participated in OIT.
Most insurance plans accept OIT treatment bills, but you should expect to pay some out of pocket costs. This treatment has potential to truly help anyone suffering from food allergies. The Allergy Group is dedicated to providing you the best assistance available.