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Peanut Allergy Treatment with Palforzia in New Orleans, LA
Dr. Reena Mehta is a board-certified allergist in New Orleans that can help you and your children overcome peanut allergies. Ask us about our new, FDA approved Palforzia oral immunotherapy program.
“I’m the parent of a son with multiple food allergies. When our son was first diagnosed, my wife and I consulted with multiple nationally know allergists. We were frustrated with the care we received and our lack of progress. We were then referred to Dr. Mehta who has been a godsend…Since our son has been seeing Dr. Mehta, he’s overcome several of his food allergies. There really is nothing like being able to eat out at restaurants with your child after packing all of his meals for a year.“
– Ravi Legha, 19-month old son Gavin, December 2018
Frequently Asked Questions
- You have a peanut allergy and you accidentally eat a peanut or any foods that contain raw, cooked, or processed peanuts
- You have a severe peanut allergy and share saliva with someone who ate peanuts either by kissing, sharing utensils, or sharing straws
- You are severely allergic to peanuts and have a reaction from simply inhaling peanut dust or peanut protein when someone cooks with peanuts
- You are allergic to peanuts and you touch peanuts or peanut butter
Types of Food
- Peanut butter
- Peanut oil
- Peanut flour
- Bread processed in a facility with peanuts
- Chocolate candy
- Baked goods
- Granola bars
- Asian, African, Mexican and other ethnic foods
Peanut Allergy Reactions
- Skin reactions such as hives – raised, itchy, red areas of skin
- Swelling of the face, eyes, mouth, tongue, hands, or feet
- Difficulty breathing
- Nausea or vomiting
- Dizziness or the feeling of passing out
- Anaphylaxis – multiple organ systems produce a significant immune response causing a rapid drop in blood pressure and possible circulatory shock that is life-threatening; symptoms include difficulty breathing and/or swallowing, vomiting, dizziness, dangerously low blood pressure, swelling over different parts of the body, and loss of consciousness
- Eczema – itchy, flaky skin
- Eosinophilic esophagitis – difficulty swallowing food or heartburn
Current Management and Treatment for Peanut Allergy
- Food avoidance – Do not eat peanuts or any peanut-containing foods.
- Antihistamine – If you are only mildly allergic to peanuts, you may be able to manage an allergic reaction to peanuts by waiting for symptoms to subside or by taking an antihistamine like Claritin or Benadryl. Antihistamines can help relieve mild symptoms like sneezing, itchy nose or mouth, a few hives, or slight nausea.
- Epinephrine – If you have a severe reaction, such as symptoms of anaphylaxis, you should inject yourself with epinephrine.
- Oral immunotherapy (OIT) – Feeding an allergic person larger and larger doses of peanut allergen in a controlled fashion might get the immune system desensitized to peanuts so that the threshold required to trigger an allergic reaction is increased. Palforzia was recently approved by the FDA as an oral immunotherapy for peanut allergies. So far, OIT has not been shown to cure peanut allergies. However, OIT can help reduce the severity of future allergic reactions.
FDA Approval Information
On January 31, 2020, the FDA approved Palforzia for commercial use in patients as oral immunotherapy to reduce the severity of allergic reactions to peanuts, including anaphylaxis, when peanut exposure occurs. Palforzia is only approved for use in patients ages 4 to 17 years old with a confirmed peanut allergy. Patients 18 years and older can continue taking Palforzia if they started it before or at age 17. Read more about the FDA approved Palforzia here.
What is Palforzia?
How Does Palforzia work?
Safety and Effectiveness Information
When examining the combined data of 12 clinical trials totalling 1041 patients, peanut OIT was 12 times more effective at increasing the likelihood of passing a supervised food challenge than an elimination, peanut-avoidant diet alone. However, the risk of anaphylaxis during the maintenance phase was 3 times higher for patients receiving peanut OIT treatment. Patients receiving peanut OIT also had higher frequencies of vomiting and other gastrointestinal symptoms.
Limited data suggests that OIT may be better tolerated and perhaps more effective in young children than it is in older children. In a prospective study of 40 young children (ages 9 to 36 months) treated with either high- or low-dose peanut OIT (300 mg or 3000 mg peanut protein), both groups demonstrated high rates of short-term sustained unresponsiveness (78 percent overall). Nearly all patients experienced mild or moderate adverse events, but serious adverse events were not reported.
Palforzia REMS Program
Palforzia is only available through a restricted program known as the PALFORZIA Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy (REMS) due to the increased risk of anaphylaxis. Before you can receive Palforzia, you must enroll in the Palforzia REMS program with the help of a REMS certified allergist who must educate you on all the risks associated with the treatment. You must agree to be monitored in a healthcare setting during the initial phase of the treatment, attest to avoiding peanuts at all times, and fill a prescription for injectable epinephrine that should be available to you at all times.
Once you are approved to take Palforzia through the REMS program, you can start treatment. Palforzia treatment is administered in 3 phases: initial dose escalation, up-dosing, and maintenance.
Palforzia Side Effects & Risks
- Itchy skin or hives
- Abdominal pain, nausea, or vomiting
- Numbness or tingling of the mouth
- Itchy ears
- Swelling or other irritation of the throat
- Runny nose
Is Palforzia covered by insurance?
- Taking Palforzia for an FDA-approved use
- Commercial health insurance that covers Palforzia
- Not enrolled in a government-sponsored health insurance program
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Palforzia Peanut Allergy Treatment in New Orleans
If peanut allergies are complicating your life, see a peanut allergy specialist in New Orleans, LA. Doctor Mehta has a reputation for developing strong relationships with her patients and being exceptionally attentive to their needs and concerns. Now offering Palforzia for peanut allergies.
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