MedicalResearch.com Interview with:
Arnon Elizur MD
Director, The Institute of Allergy, Immunology & Pediatric Pulmonology
Yitzhak Shamir Medical Center
MedicalResearch.com: What is the background for this study?
Response: Tree nuts are among the most common food allergies and are a major cause of fatal and near fatal reactions. Patients with tree nut allergy are often allergic to several nuts, further increasing the risk of accidental exposures, dietary limitations, and the emotional burden and anxiety in affected patients.
In the past 10 years, oral immunotherapy (OIT) has shown promise as a treatment modality for milk, egg and peanut allergies. However, limited data exists on oral immunotherapy for tree nuts and the treatment is complicated by the high prevalence of co-allergy to several nuts.