ATLANTA — Promising results from studies on desensitization to tree nuts and wheat will be among the hot topics at the upcoming American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology Meeting (AAAAI).
“The studies are small but they are very encouraging,” said Mary Beth Fasano, MD, from the University of Iowa in Iowa City, who is chair of the program committee.
Until recently, most oral immunotherapies for food allergies were directed at patients allergic to peanuts, she said. But that approach is now spreading to other food allergies.
Data for tree nuts from the past couple of years are just starting to be published, she pointed out.
In a long-term trial of oral walnut immunotherapy that will be presented, researchers from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock investigated whether the walnut-based therapy could lead to desensitization for other tree nuts.