Atlanta’s Leading Peanut Allergy Treatment
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Chacko Allergy, Asthma and Sinus Center provides high-quality food allergy treatment for adults and children in Atlanta and the surrounding cities. Peanut allergies are among the most common causes of patient visits to our centers.
Studies into peanut allergy prevalence estimate that 1.8% of the United States population is impacted, and numbers have been increasing in recent years. Since peanut allergies are commonly associated with anaphylaxis, do not hesitate to contact us if you experience any concerning symptoms.
An Overview of Peanut Allergies
Symptoms of peanut allergies occur when a person’s immune system overreacts to peanut proteins. Chemicals are released into the bloodstream to counteract the perceived threat, and this causes the symptoms associated with peanut allergies.
Typically, eating peanuts or a product containing traces of peanuts will be the cause of an allergic reaction. In some cases however, symptoms are triggered by simply inhaling the smell of peanuts, or the aroma of peanut oil that’s being used for cooking.
Proven Peanut Allergy Treatment Options
Patients at the Chacko Allergy, Asthma and Sinus Center will undergo allergy testing to confirm a peanut allergy. For fast and accurate results Dr. Chacko uses skin prick testing, with blood tests and an oral challenge test being additional options.
Subsequent treatments will vary depending on individual factors, such as the severity of allergic reactions. Avoiding peanuts will certainly reduce the risk of anaphylaxis. But when a serious reaction does occur, medication can prove effective in stopping it. In addition, desensitization can treat peanut allergies if the patient can commit to the treatment plan required.
In fact, Dr. Chacko is one of a small number of Atlanta allergists that offer desensitization to peanut protein. This is also known as OIT, or oral immunotherapy treatment. Through a process of controlled peanut consumption often lasting 6–12 months, patients can build enough tolerance to eat peanuts without the threat of allergic reactions.
Common Questions About Peanut Allergies
Are peanut allergies more common in adults or children?
While a peanut allergy can affect people of all ages, they are indeed more common in children. Peanut allergies are more likely to begin at a young age than during adulthood. In addition, approximately 20–25% of these children outgrow their allergy.
Can I be allergic to other foods if I have a peanut allergy?
Having an allergy to one food can increase the chances of facing additional allergies. However, many people with peanut allergies do not experience additional issues with other foods.
Is the peanut pill an effective treatment for a peanut allergy?
The peanut pill, or Palforzia, has been approved for use in treating peanut allergies. However, Dr. Chacko uses real peanuts and peanut butter in the oral immunotherapy treatment process, rather than the peanut flour used in Palforzia.
Contact Us for Peanut Allergy Treatment in Atlanta and Beyond
Dr. Chacko has an extensive history as an adult and pediatric allergist and immunologist. When you need help treating a peanut allergy, we are conveniently located in Alpharetta, Atlanta, Canton, Cumming, Duluth and Johns Creek. For assistance, call (678) 668-4688 or make an appointment now.