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If you have a food allergy, how do you handle it? For some it requires developing strategies to avoid potentially life threatening allergens. By working with an allergist, an oral immunotherapy plan (OIT) should be developed. What is an OIT? Does it work for my allergy? Am I a good candidate for OIT? The answer to these and other questions can be found in a Q&A with Douglas H. Jones, MD, cofounder of Global Food Therapy, co-founder and president of Food Allergy Support Team and director of Rocky Mountain Allergy at Tanner Clinic.

Q&A: Which Patients with Food Allergy Are Candidates for Oral Immunotherapy?

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By Richard Gawel
By Douglas H. Jones, MD
September 09, 2021

Patients with food allergies can avoid items that may be dangerous — or they can work with an allergist to develop an oral immunotherapy plan that would enable them to safely consume and enjoy previously dangerous foods.

Douglas H. Jones, MD
Douglas H. Jones

Douglas H. Jones, MD, cofounder of Global Food Therapy, cofounder and president of Food Allergy Support Team and director of Rocky Mountain Allergy at Tanner Clinic, discussed factors to consider when determining if a patient with food allergies is a candidate for oral immunotherapy (OIT) during a presentation at Allergy & Asthma Network’s Global Food Allergy Summit. Healio spoke with Jones to find out more.

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Having a food allergy means that you’re constantly monitoring not just what you eat but other ways you might come into contact with your allergen. Food preparation, cross contamination, and for people with an egg allergy that includes the flu vaccine. The flu vaccine does contain a small egg protein, so what does that mean if you're allergic to eggs? Is the vaccine safe for you?

Flu Vaccine for People with Egg Allergy

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Summary:

CDC and its Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices have not changed their recommendations regarding egg allergy and receipt of influenza (flu) vaccines. The recommendations remain the same as those recommended for the 2018-2019 season. Based on those recommendations, people with egg allergies no longer need to be observed for an allergic reaction for 30 minutes after receiving a flu vaccine. People with a history of egg allergy of any severity should receive any licensed, recommended, and age-appropriate influenza vaccine. Those who have a history of severe allergic reaction to egg (i.e., any symptom other than hives) should be vaccinated in an inpatient or outpatient medical setting (including but not necessarily limited to hospitals, clinics, health departments, and physician offices), under the supervision of a health care provider who is able to recognize and manage severe allergic conditions.

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Epi Near You New York

 Did you know that:

  • 32 million Americans have life-threatening food allergies*
  • 5.6 million of those are children
  • Twenty-five to 30 percent of all anaphylaxis fatalities occur with no previous history of allergies+
  • From 2007 to 2016 EMS diagnoses of anaphylactic food reactions rose 377%

In light of these numbers provided by FARE (Food Allergy Research and Education and the CDC, the safest way your community can be safe from anaphylaxis emergencies is to safely surround everyone epinephrine and knowledge of when and how to administer it. For those with known allergies, they might not always have their EAIs with them. Those unaware of any allergies but suddenly have an unexpected anaphylaxis emergency, the availability of  non-patient-specific  doses of epinephrine and someone who knows how to administer them could save their lives.

Epi Near You New York is a New York State approved emergency allergy treatment training program offered free of charge to any businesses, schools, day cares,  colleges and any where people gather.  After going through this training that will teach you the signs of anaphylaxis and how to stock and administer epinephrinne, you will receive what you need to aquire non patient specific prescriptions for epinephrine auto injectors. Non-profit organizations might also receive funding to purchase the injectors.

Epi Near You New York is currently being offered monthly via webinar. Bookmark this page to seen when the next sessions are scheduled along with registration details.

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