La Crosse, Wis. (WXOW) – It’s estimated that up to 15 million Americans have food allergies, with six million of those being children under 18.
One La Crosse area doctor was able to share treatment information at a national conference in early Novmeber.
Treatment for food allergies comes in the form of immunotherapy, exposing patients to very small amounts of allergens to help build a tolerance. Dr. Mary Morris presented Allergy Associates of La Crosse’s use of sublingual immunotherapy – or drops under the tongue – at the Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE) Teen Summit.
“The maintenance dose for treatment for peanut allergy is about one 100th of one peanut,” Dr Morris said. “Over the course of several years, we’re able to gain tolerance up to about nine peanuts.”
Dr. Morris said, when started at an early age, it can be incredibly effective and reduce the risk from a child accidentally ingesting a dangerous allergen. She said the allergy drops can be tailored to help develop tolerances to all food allergies and even airborne allergies.