At Long Last….Food Allergy Treatment is Here!

Food allergies affect one out of every 13 kids.  That’s roughly two per classroom.  Top allergy offenders (known as the “Big Eight”) include:

  • Milk
  • Eggs
  • Fish
  • Tree nuts
  • Peanuts
  • Shellfish
  • Wheat
  • Soy

Food allergies can cause hay fever, hives, eczema, swelling and itching of the mouth and throat, and gastrointestinal problems to include cramping, gas, diarrhea and even vomiting.

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As common as food allergies are and as miserable as they can make people, there has not been a good option for food allergy treatment until the recent past. People simply had to stay away from trigger foods—no easy feat when you are allergic to one of the “big eight” such as wheat, milk, or eggs that are in so many foods.

Happily, though, a new day has dawned in the field of food allergy treatment.  A treatment known as sublingual immunotherapy (SLIT) has been used for more than 30 years as an alternative to allergy shots, and now it is being prescribed as a food allergy treatment.

With sublingual immunotherapy for food allergies, antigen is placed under the tongue and absorbs into the bloodstream.  That antigen contains extracts of food proteins that cause allergic reactions. The extract is given in such small doses that reactions rarely develop.  Instead, the body begins to develop an immunity to it, so that it no longer perceives those food proteins as a threat that should be responded to with an allergic reaction.

Though this treatment has been used for quite some time, it made big headlines a couple years ago when researchers at Duke University used it to desensitize children to peanuts. (Note that peanut allergies are among the most serious of all and can even be life-threatening).

Sublingual food allergy drops have been shown to be useful as a wheat, egg, and milk allergy treatment as well as a treatment for dozens of other food allergies (rice, soy, fruits, veggies, etc.)  They can also be helpful as an allergy treatment for kids’ food allergies.  (Allergy drops have been found to be safer and more user-friendly for kids than shots are).  Contact AllergyEasy for more details.

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.