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I just read an article on about allergies. At the end, there was mention of immunotherapy to help counteract allergies long term. Can this be successfully used for people with nut and peanut allergies? If so, where does one get the immunotherapy treatments?

Nut and peanut allergies can be life threatening. Anyone with anaphylaxis to any foods, needs to be wary about eating out and also always carry a prescription EpiPen, which can save a life in the event of anaphylaxis (marked allergies associated with tongue and facial swelling and shortness of breathe and even death). In the state of Ohio, it recently became a law that schools can keep EpiPens on site in case of anaphylactic emergency.

While there is no quick cure for food allergies, there is exciting research in oral immunotherapy for peanut allergy. As to specific treatments, you need to see an allergist to determine what treatments are an option for you.

All My Best,
Speaking of Women's Health Nurse

June 13, 2014 at 6:07am