At Latitude, each food allergy patient has their own story — we can’t wait to be a part of yours
At 12-months-old, Anjali was able to start treatment with oral immunotherapy for her diagnosed multiple food allergies to milk and cashew. As a physician herself, Anjali’s mom was grateful to be able to be proactive with her youngest child’s food allergies.
Mom: We have been so thrilled to have the opportunity to start OIT for our daughter at such a young age and in such a nurturing, wonderful environment. Dr. Maskatia listened to our concerns and tailored an evidence-based treatment plan specifically for us. As a physician, and a mom, I feel so confident and grateful for the individualized care she is receiving. Our baby loves coming to the clinic, she toddles around the beautiful community space, pulls out toys, and gives everyone big smiles and high fives during our appointments.
Motivated by a planned year-long global family trip, 10-year-old Owen’s mom was eager to “do something” to address his persistent egg allergy. For several months, Owen was actively desensitized to egg with oral immunotherapy. Now that their trip has begun, they’ll continue daily dosing while they travel and both mother and son feel much safer.
Owen: We’re going to see a lot of interesting places and I will get to eat more foods than other times. Now that I’ve done oral immunotherapy, I feel safer going on my trip.
Mom: As a family, the anxiety of food allergy and eating out and feeling comfortable in restaurants and with new food, the weight has been lifted off of all of us.
Sydney, age 11 from New York, has multiple allergies to tree nuts, sesame and salmon, and is just beginning OIT with Xolair. She’s inspired by food allergy research and excited to take part in new treatment options that can provide her a future that is free from the fear of food allergies.
Sydney: I think it’s really cool that all the people are doing all of this research and all of the studies to help people like me who have allergies and don’t really know how to fix it. This is the best team at Latitude, so if you are thinking about doing this, it is an amazing thing to do!
David is allergic to peanuts and in preparation for college he has been treated with OIT with Xolair. His entire family is already feeling reduced anxiety about peanut products in their home. And with his new protection to cross-contamination, he looks forward to trying new restaurants, traveling and having more freedom while he’s away at school.
It’s so much nicer to know that I have this protection. I thought appointments would be very time-consuming but it’s been very manageable and the Latitude team has been great. Appointments are a lot of fun, and it’s a little family which is nice. It’s a very relaxed place — it’s a doctor’s office, but it’s not a high stress doctor’s office.
Todd spent nearly a decade with an unclear diagnosis of “tree nut allergies.” As a food allergy patient at Latitude, he received an accurate diagnosis through skin testing, IgE blood tests and a series of oral food challenges. This allowed him to open up his diet to foods he’d been unneccesarily avoiding and to ultimately treat his diagnosed cashew allergy with oral immunotherapy.
It feels like a much more modern approach of taking control over really figuring out what I’m allergic to and how severe it is. I feel super confident and generally really safe. I have never questioned the safety of my food challenges here. I have a lot of confidence in the clinical team.