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IMMUNOTHERAPY PATCH DESENSITIZES PEANUT ALLERGY

FCAAIA Notes: The “peanut patch” is not FDA approved and is not commercially available. Let’s assume it is someday.  Then, what might we expect from it?  Use of the patch will not “cure” peanut allergy, nor will it be a … Continue reading

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SKIN PATCH SAFE, MODESTLY EFFECTIVE FOR PEANUT ALLERGY

FCAAIA Notes: Epicutaneous immunotherapy (EPIT) has been under study for peanut desensitization for quite some time.  It is still a long way from market. EPIT appears effective in protecting peanut allergic patients from small accidental ingestions.  Some patients even tolerated … Continue reading

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FDA APPROVES MEPOLIZUMAB (NUCALA) FOR SEVERE ASTHMA

FCAAIA Notes: Most asthma can be well controlled with reasonable amounts of the usual medications with which you are familiar…inhalers, nasal sprays, antihistamines, leukotriene modifiers, and/or allergy shots.  AI small percentage of patients has such brittle disease that all these … Continue reading

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ORAL IMMUNOTHERAPY FOR EGG ALLERGY

FCAAIA Notes: I have written about food oral immunotherapy (OIT) many times in this column.  This is another study indicating that OIT to food, in this case egg, is not 100% effective, is not a permanent cure if not continued … Continue reading

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FDA DESIGNATES ORAL IMMUNOTHERAPY AS BREAKTHROUGH FOR CHILDREN WITH PEANUT ALLERGY

FCAAIA Notes: Oral immunotherapy (OIT) for peanut is effective but not without risk.  The doses tolerated (the equivalent of 2-3 peanuts) in the studies leading to the FDA’s approval to start phase 3 studies (testing of drug on patients to … Continue reading

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FDA CLEARS SUBLINGUAL RAGWITEK FOR RAGWEED ALLERGY

FCAAIA Notes: The last time I updated articles on this website, I posted news about FDA approval of sublingual (under-the tongue) treatment for grass allergy. (See “FDA OKs Oralair, First US Sublingual Allergy Immunotherapy”). The same caveats I noted then … Continue reading

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FDA OKS OMALIZUMAB (XOLAIR) FOR CHRONIC HIVES

FCAAIA Notes: Omalizumab is a humanized murine (mouse) monoclonal antibody against IgE, the immunoglobulin associated with allergies.  About 1/3 of patients with chronic idiopathic urticaria (CIU, hives lasting at least 6 weeks that do not have any other identifiable cause) … Continue reading

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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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PEANUT ALLERGY PATCH GETS MIXED RESULTS

FCAAIA Notes: We are always looking for a “cure” for food allergy.  Today, the best and only proven long term option is still avoidance.  Food allergy and food avoidance has a great impact on a child’s and his family’s quality … Continue reading

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FOOD ALLERGY DIAGNOSIS AND THERAPY

FCAAIA Notes: As common as food allergy is, it is over diagnosed. It is important for clinicians to understand how to take a focused history surrounding suspected food reactions, to interpret test results correctly (test results are not “black and … Continue reading

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