Internet Symposium on Food Allergens 2(2): 77-85 (2000)

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Food Allergy: Oral Specific Desensitization

Eleonora NUCERA, Alessandro BUONOMO, Domenico SCHIAVINO, Massimiliano DEL NINNO, Giampiero PATRIARCA

Department of Allergology, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore - Policlinico Gemelli, Rome, Italy
In the literature there are several conflicting reports dealing with the possibility of a desensitizing treatment in food allergy. In this paper we describe the methods and the results we obtained with an oral desensitizing treatment using standardized protocols.
The treatment was performed in 50 patients with food allergy (55 desensitizing treatments were carried out because some patients were allergic to more than one food). 11 patients did not continue the treatment, while 37 out of 44 successfully completed the program; at the end of the desensitization all patients who completed the treatment could eat the allergenic food with no side- effects at all. 
So an oral desensitizing treatment should be taken into consideration in the management of food- allergic people.
food allergy
oral desensitization
plant foods

[Introduction] [Material & Methods] [Results] [Discussion] [References] [Abbreveations]

Eleonora Nucera

Giampiero Patriarca
Prof. Giampiero Patriarca
Department of Allergology
Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore-Policlinico Gemelli
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