Every year, more than 200,000 people in America visit the ER due to food allergy emergencies, with peanut allergy being the most common. Portland Allergy and Asthma is one of three allergy clinics in Oregon able to provide oral immunotherapy (OIT), also known as food desensitization, for peanut allergy as well as tree nut, seeds, milk, egg, wheat, and soy allergies.
OIT involves feeding the patient very small, incremental doses of the food proteins they are allergic to. OIT is individually customized for each patient and performed under physician supervision. The goal and typical outcome is that the food to which the patient is allergic to no longer presents as a danger.
Dr. Stephen Fritz has been providing relief for his peanut allergy patients with food desensitization, or OIT, for six years and has successfully desensitized more than 95 percent of his patients to the food which they are allergic to. Dr. Fritz has conducted numerous research studies for food allergy and has the distinction of being published in “The New England Journal of Medicine” for his research in peanut desensitization as well as having authored a book chapter on food allergy used worldwide to teach allergy physicians about food allergies.
For more information, contact Dr. Stephen Fritz, Portland Allergy and Asthma, at his Happy Valley office (971/358-5600) or Gresham location at 971/358-5800.