OIT stands for “oral immunotherapy” or oral desensitization for food allergies. OIT is a medical treatment guided by a fellowship-trained, board-certified allergist with the end result being a lifetime of freedom from fear and stress. The immune system is re-trained to tolerate food proteins/allergens through regular eating of small amounts of food.
We offer OIT for wheat, egg, milk, peanut, tree nuts, fish, shellfish and soy. Though these are the main foods used around the country for OIT, as the Director of The FACET, Dr. Tankersley is open to having a discussion about doing OIT with any food not listed here.
The FDA approved a peanut OIT product in 2020 called Palforzia. You can read more about this product at www.palforzia.com
We offer Palforzia at The FACET for our peanut allergic patients between the ages of 4 and 17 years. There are no age limits for other OIT foods.
Although the protocols used at The FACET can be modified to fit your schedule, an example of an OIT schedule would be an initial dose-escalation (IDE) on day 1, the first up-dosing on day 2 and then regular up-dosing visits every 2 weeks for 11 visits. Each up-dosing visit is about 1 hour in duration. The food is eaten once a day in between visits.
Yes, we offer OIT at both of The FACET locations. Our downtown Memphis location is at historic 95 South Main, Suite 102. Our Collierville location is at 1458 West Poplar Avenue, Suite 205.
We are the only allergy clinic in the Mid-South with a dietitian on staff. You can call our clinic to schedule an initial new patient consultation visit with Dr. Tankersley or our dietitian at The FACET at either of our two office locations. Call now! 901-335-8966.
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