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A Way to Treat Food Allergies, Coming Soon

For kids with food allergies—and their parents—there’s only been one option: Avoid the allergen at all costs.

But now, there’s a possible treatment on the horizon. Immunotherapy treats disease by stimulating the immune system. In the case of using it for food allergies, doctors give small amounts of a food allergen to children in an effort to train their immune systems to tolerate the allergen.

For kids with food allergies—and their parents—there’s only been one option: Avoid the allergen at all costs. But now, there’s a possible treatment on the horizon.

UNC Health Care researchers have been developing immunotherapy treatments for food allergies for years, and now the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is reviewing the method. That means the treatment could be widely available in the next few years, potentially putting your food allergy fears to rest.

Here’s how it’s done.