Advancements in Allergy and Asthma Care, Ltd. (“AAAC”) offers our FARM Programs® (food allergy risk management) medical services, which use established, high quality, and effective medical methodology to assess and treat food allergies. The FARM Program medical services help children and their families be more proactive with their food allergies. FARM includes both OIT (oral immunotherapy) and SLIT (sublingual immunotherapy). The FARM Programs are carefully administered by medical professionals in a controlled environment, typically consisting of once per week office visits that generally last between six to nine months. Upon completion of the controlled in-office visits, patients consume a planned maintenance dosage at home once daily on an ongoing basis with frequent consultation with medical professionals. Our FARM Programs are available for those 6 months of age and older.
The goal for successful FARM OIT patients is to eventually build their tolerance to a level where they are protected from cross contamination or accidental ingestion of their food allergen. FARM OIT patients also have the potential to build their tolerance to the point where they are able to freely eat the food they previously suffered allergic reactions to.
The goal for successful FARM SLIT patients is to eventually build their tolerance to a level where they are protected from cross contamination or accidental ingestion of their food allergen.
What Food Allergies Does FARM Help?
Current foods for OIT are peanut, almond, Brazil nut, cashew, coconut, hazelnut, macadamia nut, pecan, pine nut, pistachio, walnut, egg, milk, sesame, and wheat.
We are currently offering peanut for our SLIT program. We will continue to expand the SLIT program to offer more foods, so stay tuned!
Patients can schedule a consult after they have been seen as a new patient in our clinic and are up to date with their appointments.
Should You Be Concerned About Food Allergies?
Recognition and management of food allergies are important to the prevention of potentially serious health consequences. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”), food allergies among children have increased by approximately 50% between 1997 and 2011. Today, as many as 15 million people currently have a known food allergy (including 8% of young children). Therefore, recognition and management of food allergies in young children (e.g. infants) are important to the prevention of potentially serious health consequences.
Will Kids Simply Outgrow A Food Allergy?
Childhood allergies related to milk, egg, wheat, and sesame are resolving more slowly than in previous decades, with many children still allergic beyond five years of age. Moreover, children with allergies related to peanuts, tree nuts, fish or shellfish typically last a lifetime.
Our FARM Programs Can Make Your Life More Enjoyable
Consumers must also consider a variety of factors when managing food allergies, including the preparation and cooking of food, packaging and labeling of food, dining away from home, and travel. Managing food allergies can be burdensome on families, however, our FARM programs help you address this and promotes a more participatory and happy life for your child and family.
Food Allergy Risk Management Is Specialized & Hard To Find
There are only a limited number of allergy practices throughout the country that offer desensitization to allergic foods. Dr. Richard Wasserman, a physician at Allergy Partners of North Texas, and Dr. James Baker, of Baker Allergy, Asthma, Dermatology based in Portland, have been involved with this process for a number of years. Dr. Wexler has a strong relationship with both physicians and has consulted with each to develop and refine our FARM programs. See Dr. Wasserman’s interview on NBC5 about this process. See Dr. Wasserman’s interview on NBC5 about this process.
Patients can schedule a FARM consult after they have been seen as a new patient in our clinic and are up to date with their appointments. If interested and to schedule an appointment, please call 952-546-6866.