Egg Desensitization

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Patient Ages

4 – Adult

Of the 8 most common food allergies, egg allergy is the most likely to be outgrown and more than half of the children diagnosed will outgrow it by age 7.

Egg desensitization is achieved by a technique in which the egg protein is administered, under tight medical supervision, to train a patient’s immune system to tolerate egg. This treatment is known as oral immunotherapy, or OIT.

Our treatment is entirely natural with no injections to suppress your immune system.

With egg OIT, there are two possible outcomes, both of which are beneficial compared to egg avoidance:

  • Egg desensitization: As long as the patient is taking daily oral doses of the egg allergen, he or she will not have allergic reactions to egg.
  • Egg tolerance: When a patient has reached the goal of egg tolerance they do not have to consume egg daily and they are still be able to consumer egg without having a egg allergy reaction. This outcome is more difficult to achieve but the long-term benefits make it a more desirable outcome.

After consuming the egg allergen for several years, enough time to cause profound changes in the immune system, we will check to see if you have reached this stage of egg tolerance. To check on this we would stop your daily egg allergen consumption and challenge you with a dose of egg under medical supervision.

If you would like to learn more about egg allergy treatments or OIT, please contact us for an appointment.