Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Peanut Oral Immunotherapy Consult

   If you have been a reader for awhile or know me in real life, you probably know that Chase is allergic to peanuts. A friend of mine that has a son with peanut allergies told me about doctors in the area that are doing oral immunotherapy for peanuts. My first thoughts were this has to be a crock. No way would we be doing this to Chase. We did a little research and saw that people were dosing twice a day and there is a mandatory rest period after and we didn't see how we would be able to keep our child resting twice a day especially once he was in school.
   We did discuss with our very well respected allergist and decided to wait for the patch that is probably going to be released in the next few years.
   But we kept seeing more and more and joined facebook groups and started asking questions and finding out more. When we found out the local doctor was only dosing once a day and spoke with one of her oral immunotherapy patients we scheduled a consult.If you have no idea what I'm talking about, here is a news article about the doctor we are seeing.
   We know two other peanut allergic kiddos that see this dr. I expected the dr to want to get Chase's asthma under control or do a few things before we started oit. Chase's asthma has been pretty controlled this cold and flu season. He currently is on no medication and is doing great. Chase is only allergic to peanuts. His peanut IgE is 56.6 and most of it is Ara h 2.
   I was shocked at how well the appointment went. He had his environmental allergies tested again (which was a little traumatic). He is still allergic to dogs and cats, but that's it. Our doctor thinks he is a good candidate for oral immunotherapy and has had pretty good success.
   We have a start date scheduled and I don't see any reason why we would not start. When I was driving home I was thinking more people need to do this!

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