Allergy & Asthma Care of Fairfield County is pleased to announce that peanut oral immunotherapy (desensitization) is now available in our office for peanut allergic patients ages 4 to 17. The FDA has approved the first available peanut allergy treatment. Peanut oral immunotherapy raises the threshold at which an allergic individual will react to accidental exposure to peanut, providing a safety margin against accidental ingestion. See the article below for more details. The treatment process is time consuming, with an initial dose escalation visit of 5 hours or so, followed by a visit a day later, then every 2 weeks for further escalations, with daily home dosing between visits. While reactions can occur during treatment, the efficacy at preventing accidental reactions in uncontrolled situations is quite good. Please schedule an appointment with one of our physicians to discuss whether this option is right for you, and to begin the process if you are interested.