Growing Out Of Allergies

Posted on: Sat, 09/05/2015 - 1:07pm
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Is it possible to grow out of Deadly Peanut Allergies? Or is it possible to go down in severity? Like going from being deadly allergic to just allergic. Are there statistics or studies for this?

Posted on: Fri, 09/11/2015 - 3:25pm
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Many people with peanut allergies are hopeful that their condition will not last a lifetime. You can see discussions between parents about their children outgrowing peanut allergies, including success stories, here and here.
Despite the possibility of a food allergy lessening or disappearing completely, it is best to keep a positive outlook and learn to manage yours or your child’s allergy as it requires in the present. This can certainly be stressful and overwhelming at times, but this article offers some tips on maintaining your emotional well being while staying safe from allergens.
As far as the statistical probability of a severe allergy being reduced partially or completely over time, there are many factors to take into account. Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE) reports, “peanut allergy is one of the most common food allergies among children and tends to be lifelong; only about 20 percent of children are fortunate enough to outgrow it. A Canadian research team reports that children are most likely to outgrow their peanut allergy by age six. After age 10, the chance of spontaneous resolution is much lower.” This article further investigates the possibility of decreased sensitivity with age.
While these resources are helpful, please remember that each individual case is different, and your doctor can provide you with information specific to your son’s allergy. Here is a useful video about children and their likelihood of outgrowing the condition.
One thing to keep in mind is that, while there is no “cure” for peanut allergy, growing research efforts have concluded with potential remedies for some symptoms of peanut allergy. Many patients see success with treatments like the one shown in this video.
There have also been guidelines released to advise parents when their infant should be exposed to peanut butter in order to lessen the chance of a peanut allergy in the first place. Treatments such as these are examples of ways that a person’s symptoms may decrease, though they are not naturally growing out of their allergy.
We reached out to our Facebook community for their insight - their responses can be seen here.

Posted on: Wed, 12/30/2015 - 12:43pm
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You absolutely could be treated and become desensitized using peanut oral immunotherapy (OIT). There are 40+ doctors doing OIT in private practice and many take adult patients. This past year one of the doctors had a retired surgeon graduate from OIT. And his wife cried.
We have a young lady with 30 allergies who completed OIT for all of them and just traveled to the other side of the world and ate whatever she wanted. And another young woman who is now pregnant and eating her 3 peanuts a day.
The best news is that over 80% of us doing OIT have INSURANCE COVERAGE for the treatment. My daughter eats 8 peanuts a day now and BCBS covered it.
“For everyone who has stayed in the study, the treatment has been 100 percent successful,” says Nadeau. “It turns out that everyone’s immune system is capable of adapting — and surprisingly, it is as true of adults as children.” She and her team now have an eight-year study of OIT — the longest record in the United States — in which they found that everyone who was compliant with the treatment and continued to eat the foods has kept their allergies from returning.
Here's the latest on OIT research from Stanford, including an 8 year (now 10-year) OIT study. Gives a good history too. http://stanmed.stanford.edu/2014fall/i-can-eat-it.html
I can answer any questions here for you. You can also join our Facebook groups for more info if you wish.
Join the Private Practice OIT group first ---->
https://www.facebook.com/groups/PrivatePracticeOIT/
Once in Facebook group, list of 40+ OIT doctors in US
https://www.facebook.com/notes/private-practice-oit/desensitization-directory-2014/415505181898476
Also join OIT 101: https://www.facebook.com/groups/OIT101/

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