At Latitude, we offer personalized and comprehensive care for food allergic patients and their families including:
- Early food introduction for infants based on current guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), NIAID, and other international organizations.
- Accurate and clear diagnosis using the following:
- patient food allergy history
- skin testing
- blood testing
- food challenges (only to be done if a false positive is suspected)
- Oral Immunotherapy (OIT) with and without Xolair, if appropriate, to desensitize patients to the foods they are allergic to using evidence-based protocols proven at Stanford University, UCSF, Baylor and other research institutions.
- On-going care to support families who may not yet be interested in treatment but desire food-allergy-focused care to help them manage and understand the status of their allergies — allowing them to stay informed of current research and treatment options.
- Long-term care for food allergy patients who have received treatment in clinical trials.
At Latitude, we are 100% focused on food allergy.
- Clinical Team — trained in food allergy treatment & care, providing 24/7 access to food allergy patients.
- Patient Care Coordinators (PCC) — parents with personal experience with food allergies and OIT, to support patients and their families.
- We are the only allergy clinic affiliated with UCSF Benioff Children’s Physicians, a world-class network.
- We accept in-network insurance with a wide-variety of insurance carriers including Aetna, Anthem Blue Cross, Blue Shield, CIGNA, Health Net, United Healthcare.
- Food Challenge Availability — Our clinical model enables us to offer quicker access to food challenges.
- Food Allergy Treatment — we currently offer Oral Immunotherapy (OIT) for single and multiple foods, with and without the use of Xolair (omalizumab). We offer treatment for all allergic levels including the most severe. We can begin OIT in children as young as 12 months old.
- Clinical Space offers unique communal space that allows for a more comfortable experience and provides the opportunity to connect with families and build life-changing relationships.
- We will partner with your general allergist for maintenance of ongoing conditions like asthma and environmental allergies that fall outside of food allergy care.
- Founded by food allergy families for food allergy families. Learn more about the story of Latitude here.
- You or your child has been diagnosed with food allergies.
- You or your physician suspects that you (or your child) has a food allergy and require an accurate diagnosis.
- You or your physician suspect you (or your child) may have a misdiagnosed food allergy and are avoiding potentially safe foods, resulting in a negative impact on your quality of life.
- Your infant has eczema and you need to determine if a food allergy exists.
- Your infant is at higher risk of developing a food allergy, and you are seeking early food introduction in the interest of prevention.
We can treat any clinically diagnosed (IgE-mediated) food allergy.
It is common for food allergy patients and even some healthcare providers to misdiagnose a food allergy and for food allergies to evolve or change over time. IgE-mediated food allergy can result in a life-threatening allergic reaction. An intolerance or sensitivity is a non-immune mediated adverse food reaction like lactose intolerance — while unpleasant, does not pose risk of anaphylaxis. When a non-immune mediated adverse food reaction is misdiagnosed as an IgE-mediated food allergy, food allergy patients may unnecessarily restrict what they eat.
At Latitude Food Allergy Care, we take the necessary steps to accurately diagnose a food allergy to avoid unnecessary dietary limitations. This often allows families to bring some of their favorite foods back into their lives or to try new foods for the very first time.
Oral Immunotherapy (OIT) — a process that regularly exposes the patient to increasing amounts of the foods they are allergic to, with the goal of desensitizing the body and protecting against anaphylaxis secondary to accidental exposures.
OIT is not a cure. It is a desensitization. In order to maintain desensitization, you will continue to eat the foods you have been desensitized to on a regular basis.
It is possible to have an allergic reaction while going through OIT. The goal is to have you progress through your treatment at a very slow and safe pace to reduce the risk of reaction.
Yes, we treat multiple foods that you are allergic to at the same time.
You will have a full medical examination and review by our medical team, led by a board certified Allergist and Immunologist, who will determine if OIT could be helpful for you. Families should also be prepared for a daily commitment to dosing at home and regular office visits for many months.
Yes, you can safely go through OIT even if you have had severe allergic reactions in the past. Safety is our number one priority.
Xolair (omalizumab) is an anti IgE medication that works by inhibiting the allergic reaction process. Yes, we offer Xolair in conjunction with OIT to increase safety.
Yes, while focused on food allergy, our clinicians take extra steps with each visit to our office to ensure that asthma and other allergic conditions are well-controlled. We encourage direct communication between our clinicians and your allergist to ensure these other conditions are monitored.
Our clinicians will carefully review your food allergy care options with you to determine the best customized plan for you and your family.
Yes. Please inquire to learn more about our in-network coverage with all major insurance plans.
Our first clinic is open in Redwood City, CA, in the San Francisco Bay Area. We have plans to expand nationally. As we grow, we welcome families from outside of the area and will personalize the care plan to accommodate the logistics of travel.
Our address is 570 Price Avenue, Suite 400 (second floor), Redwood City, CA 94063. Our phone number is 650-466-6224.
We welcome your questions at firstname.lastname@example.org or via our contact form.
Food allergy is an immune system reaction that occurs soon after eating a certain food. Even a tiny amount of the reaction-causing food can trigger signs and symptoms such as digestive problems, hives or swollen airways. This happens because the immune system overreacts to the proteins in that food. While a person can be allergic to any food, the eight most common allergens are cow’s milk, egg, peanuts, wheat, soy, fish, shellfish, and tree nuts.
Anaphylaxis is a serious, life-threatening allergic reaction and can present with wheezing, chest tightness or trouble breathing, loss of consciousness, or feeling faint.
If two of the following symptoms occur, consider anaphylaxis and inject epinephrine, and seek emergency care:
- Hives — Rash, or red, itchy skin
- Stuffy or itchy nose, sneezing, or itchy and teary eyes
- Vomiting, stomach cramps or diarrhea
- Angioedema or swelling
- Hoarseness, throat tightness or a lump in the throat
FARE has an excellent list of words children may use to describe a food allergy reaction that can be found here.