Finally… A Treatment for Food Allergies

While many people know about treatment for environmental allergies (pollen, dust, pet dander, etc.), fewer people are aware of new developments in food allergy treatment. It used to be that the standard advice for food allergy sufferers was to simply avoid problem foods, but thanks to a treatment known as sublingual immunotherapy, people with food allergies are able to eat more of the foods they love without fear of negative reactions.

The treatment works a lot like allergy shots, helping the body develop an immunity to allergens that once stirred up undesirable reactions. It starts with a saline serum containing extracts of allergy-causing food proteins. With shots, serum is injected into the body. With sublingual immunotherapy—or allergy drops— serum is dissolved under the tongue where it is absorbed into the bloodstream through oral cells.

While allergy shots work for pollen allergies, they have not been shown to be safe and effective for food allergies. Allergy drops, however, have! Allergy drops are safer and less age-restrictive than shots. They have even been shown to be safe for children under five. Since kids are especially predisposed to food allergies, this is welcome news, particularly for kids who have multiple food allergies. (Imagine navigating childhood without being able to eat such staples as milk, eggs, or wheat.) Sublingual immunotherapy has even been shown to be successful in clinical trials to desensitize people to peanut allergies—one of the most risk-laden forms of food allergy.

Food allergy can lead to a host of symptoms including severe anaphylactic reaction, gastrointestinal problems (nausea, gas, bloating, cramps), hay fever, eczema, and hives. Visit this page for details about allergy drops for food allergies.

About The Author

Stuart H. Agren, M.D.

Stuart H. Agren, M.D. completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Utah and went on to earn his Doctor of Medicine from Tulane University School of Medicine in 1974. He completed additional training at L.D.S. Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah and then established his private medical practice starting in 1975. Dr. Agren completed a mini-residency in Industrial Medicine at the Robert Johnson School of Medicine at Rutgers University and also completed training to become a certified Medical Review Officer.

Dr. Agren was the Medical Director at TRW and McDonnell Douglas in Mesa, Arizona and at Stauffer Chemical and Kennecott Copper in Salt Lake City, Utah. He also served as an adjunct faculty member at Arizona State University.

In his private medical practice, Dr. Agren specialized in family practice and allergy. In his work as a private practice allergist, he was one of the first doctors in the country to prescribe sublingual immunotherapy to his patients as an alternative to subcutaneous immunotherapy (allergy shots). He has also been a trailblazer in the field of food allergy treatment and research, developing a program to treat multiple food allergies simultaneously using sublingual immunotherapy. Dr. Agren has been featured on local CBS, NBC, and ABC news affiliates and won the peer-nominated “Top Doc” award from Phoenix Magazine.

After 20 years in private practice, Dr. Agren became the Founder and President of AllergyEasy, which helps primary care physicians around the country offer allergy testing and sublingual immunotherapy treatment to their patients. Over 200 physicians in over 32 states use the AllergyEasy program to help their patients overcome environmental and food allergies and asthma.