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Lower, high doses of wheat oral immunotherapy desensitized majority of children

Lower, high doses of wheat oral immunotherapy desensitized majority of children
March 8, 2017

ATLANTA — Lower and high doses of wheat oral immunotherapy induced significant desensitization in most wheat-allergic children following 1 year of treatment, according to data presented at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology.

"While the majority of children outgrow wheat allergy, the subgroup that does retain it tend to have severe reactions when they experience accidental ingestions, and trying to avoid wheat in the American diet is difficult,” Hugh A. Sampson, MD, from the department of pediatrics at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, said during a press conference. “Wheat is also different than other proteins, such as milk, egg, peanut, in which the allergenic protein is well-characterized – this is not the case with wheat.”

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