Is Oral Immunotherapy Safe?
Oral immunotherapy may sound challenging or even scary, particularly for patients who have experienced severe allergic reactions in the past. Yet, when conducted under the guidance of a trained clinician, OIT is both safe and effective in treating food allergies. In fact, 92% of Latitude OIT patients successfully reach maintenance, are desensitized to their allergens, and can live more freely.
Importantly, OIT should never be attempted without clinical supervision. At Latitude, we develop a customized plan for our patients based on medical history and risk profiles. Reactions can occur during OIT, but are usually limited to rashes, hives, itching, or stomach upset. Your initial doses will be consumed under the close supervision of our clinical team to ensure that any allergic reaction is resolved immediately.
When treatment is administered under the care of an expert clinical team, OIT is safe for patients of all ages, including toddlers as young as 12 months old and young children. The use of Xolair® (omalizumab), as part of an overall treatment plan, is also an option for our patients over 4 years old.