What is the end goal of the OIT process?
Our goal at the Food Allergy Treatment Center is to improve the quality of life for patients and their families living with a food allergy, and help them obtain a lifetime of freedom from food allergy fear and stress.
We help them obtain this freedom from worry by getting the patient to a “bite proof” state, where they don’t have to avoid the allergen – the patient is able to eat foods that may have come in contact with their allergen, foods that contain the allergen, and eat the actual allergenic food itself.
What foods do you offer treatment for?
We currently offer oral immunotherapy (OIT) protocols for peanuts, tree nuts, milk, eggs, soy, sesame, and other foods.
Who qualifies for OIT?
Patients must be at least four years of and have good communication skills in order to be considered for treatment.
Anybody with an IgE based allergy.
Regardless of IgE levels, patients may be a candidate for OIT. In other words, no one is “too allergic”.
Can OIT be done for peanuts and tree nuts at the same time?
No, we do not offer peanut and tree nut OIT simultaneously, but we can offer multiple tree nut OIT at the same time.
Would Dr. Comer completely assume my or my child’s allergy, asthma or immunology care?
No, patients should continue to see their regular allergist within Alabama Allergy or outside our practice for their care needed outside of OIT.
Where does our practice offer OIT?
We offer patients a space devoted to OIT for their appointments.
Current consultations will take place at the Food Allergy Treatment Center, (509 Brookwood Blvd, Suite 100 Homewood, Al 35209)
Is OIT safe?
As with any medical treatment, oral immunotherapy carries some risks, including the risk of anaphylaxis (severe allergic reaction), and that’s why it’s important to fully discuss the option with your allergist and make an informed decision. Because food allergies can be life threatening, oral immunotherapy should only be administered under the supervision and guidance of a board certified allergist trained to provide immunotherapy in a safe and effective manner.
The Food Allergy Treatment Center is committed to patient safety and making it their first priority. Total focus is on the patient to ensure they are monitored throughout the process. OIT up dosing is only performed in our designated office space, with one-on-one monitoring by our OIT medical staff that is appropriately trained with equipment readily available for the detection and management of anaphylaxis.
What other resources, testimonials, or forums are available to learn more about OIT?
Parents and patients who have been treated at our Food Allergy Treatment Center and nationally are also willing to talk to you about their experience.
Does insurance cover OIT? What is the cost?
Our OIT staff will provide “financial counseling” at your first consultation. Most commercial insurances cover the procedures for desensitization. Patients are responsible for co-pays and deductibles just as they are at any physician’s office. Our staff will verify your individual insurance policy benefits, and will let you know any estimated out of pocket costs associated with OIT at your initial consultation.
What should I expect at the initial consultation?
A consultation with Dr. Comer is available for patients to sit down and discuss if OIT is right for them or their child, and have an open discussion about possible outcomes or concerns about OIT. Updated scratch tests, lab tests, and lung functions tests may be taken at the initial appointment when indicated.
How do you contact us to learn more or make an appointment?
Call205.558.9086, Monday through Friday. You may also request a consultation with Dr. Carolyn Comer.