The Woodlands Allergy Center is the only place in North Houston for children and adults and it is one of a few OIT clinics in the nation. We are here to offer you the chance of living a normal life as a family. Our OIT (oral immunotherapy) services are not the only OIT treatment for food allergies in the Houston area but we are one of the best for a reason. When you or your child’s possibility of living a normal life are on the line, don’t you think you should give them a fair chance?
Our Established Houston OIT Food Allergy Treatments for Children and Adults
- Peanut Allergy Treatment
- Egg Allergy Treatment
- Soy Allergy Treatment
- Wheat Allergy Treatment
- Milk Allergy Treatment
- Tree Nut Allergy Treatment
- Sesame Allergy Treatment
- Chickpea Allergy Treatment*
For Infants: FARR (Food Allergy Risk Reduction Program)
The 2015 Learning Early about Peanuts Allergy (LEAP) study showed that giving peanut products early to babies at high risk of peanut allergy dramatically reduced their rate of peanut allergy. This is compared to avoiding peanuts entirely. The LEAP study showed this practice of allergen introduction was safe and effective. Doctors applied the results to other foods, too.
The FARR (Food Allergy Risk Reduction) program is for high-risk infants under the age of 1 year who have not had a reaction to food. Infants whose skin test to the food is negative or mildly positive are given the food in the doctor’s office. If there is no reaction, parents are instructed to administer the food at least three times a week to prevent the development of allergy.
Who is a Candidate for FARR?
At The Woodlands Allergy Center we utilize a Food Allergy Risk Reduction scoring system developed by Dr. Richard Wasserman and colleagues.
Infant FARR Risk Factors:
- Eczema prior to age 3 months (10 points)
- Severe eczema beginning after 3 months (7 points)
- History of food allergy (7 points )
- Any wheezing illness (3 points)
- Sibling or parent with food allergy (3 points)
- Family history of a predisposition toward developing certain allergic hypersensitivity reactions (atopy) but not food allergy (2 points)
Recommendation for FARR by score:
- 6 – strongly suggest
- 4 or 5 – suggest
- 2 to 3 – neutral
- 2 – not generally recommended
Other factors to consider:
- Weekly positive blood food allergy test
- Parental concerns about food allergy
- Food allergic siblings or other family members in the home
If you are not sure what to do, call The Woodlands Allergy Center and we can help: 281.713.9011