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FDA OKS ORALAIR, FIRST US SUBLINGUAL ALLERGY IMMUNOTHERAPY

FCAAIA Notes: This the first and only sublingual (under-the tongue) treatment for allergies approved for use in the United States. It is only useful for northern grasses (prevalent in Connecticut).  It has no utility for any other allergen.  It is … Continue reading

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SCIT FATAL AND NEARFATAL SURVEILLANCE STUDY RESULTS

FCAAIA Notes: The title of this article is misleading, because it implies a great safety risk with allergy shots. We know that allergy shots (subcutaneous immunotherapy, SCIT) are extraordinarily safe, but not risk free.  Most significant reactions occur within 30 … Continue reading

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IMMUNOTHERAPY FOR ALLERGIES HALTS INFECTION

FCAAIA Notes: Another benefit of allergy shots! Bacterial infections of the upper airway (including sinus infections and ear infections) are a common co-morbidity, or complication of nasal allergies. In addition, people with poorly controlled allergies get more frequent, prolonged, and … Continue reading

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ORAL IMMUNOTHERAPY FOR PEANUT ALLERGY MAY HAVE LONG-TERM BENEFITS

FCAAIA Notes: Peanut oral immunotherapy (OIT) allows patients to gradually increase the amount of peanut they eat each day to protect them in the event of accidental ingestion.  It has been shown to improve food-specific quality of life.  In some … Continue reading

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SAFETY AND TOLERABILITY OF SUBLINGUAL IMMUNOTHERAPY IN CLINICAL TRIALS AND REAL LIFE

FCAAIA Notes: We have posted several articles about the safety and efficacy of sublingual immunotherapy (SLIT) for aeroallergen sensitivity.  In recent weeks, the FDA has approved sublingual tablets for grass and ragweed immunotherapy, affirming older European data proving that these … Continue reading

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MATERNAL IMMUNOTHERAPY SHOTS MAY CUT CHILD’S ALLERGY RISK

FCAAIA Notes: Is this a cool concept or what?  The idea from the headline is not that if a mother and child both have allergies that the child will get better if the mother takes allergy shots.  Rather, it suggests the … Continue reading

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LIQUID RAGWEED ALLERGY DRUG SHOWS PROMISE

FCAAIA Notes:  Sublingual immunotherapy (SLIT, allergy drops) would be an attractive alternative to injections for some patients if it worked well.  Unfortunately, there is no scientific rationale for any in the United States to be on SLIT right now.  This … Continue reading

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ORAL MILK ALLERGY THERAPY LOSES POWER OVER TIME

FCAAIA Notes: Because most milk allergy is out grown by early school age and because most of those who do not out grow it can tolerate milk in baked products, the proportion of children with milk who might benefit over … Continue reading

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SUBCUTANEOUS ALLERGEN IMMUNOTHERAPY FOR ALLERGIC DISEASE

FCAAIA Notes: There are only two proven effective natural treatments for asthma and allergies: avoidance of triggers and immunotherapy.  Allergy shots (subcutaneous immunotherapy) are the most effective form available and are more effective than sublingual immunotherapy, as described in other … Continue reading

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SUBCUTANEOUS IMMUNOTHERAPY MAY HAVE EDGE IN ALLERGIC RHINITIS

FCAAIA Notes: Sublingual immunotherapy (“SLIT”, allergy drops) have gotten a lot of press recently.  The idea of course would be appealing if it worked as well as traditional allergy shots (subcutaneous immunotherapy, “SCIT”).  Unfortunately, it doesn’t. This report is another … Continue reading

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