A cure for milk allergies? Part 2: Dr. Schneider explains the bold, new idea.

by Erin Graham on September 1, 2009

In this second video in our Milk Allergy series, Children’s Allergy Program’s Director, Lynda Schneider, MD, discusses her groundbreaking study to teach severely allergic patients, like Brett Nasuti, featured in our video last week, to tolerate milk. Much like environmental allergy shots, patients get exposed to tiny amounts of the allergen—in this case, by drinking cow’s milk—so their immune systems become desensitized and don’t react to it. Until recently, the only treatment for allergies has consisted of avoiding the food and managing reactions when they occur. This exposure desensitization trial—the first of its kind in the country—represents a bold new way of thinking about food allergies.

Check back next week to see Brett take his first-ever sip of milk.

We’d love to hear what you think; share your thoughts here.

7 comments

  • http://www.FoodAllergiesToGo.com Ann

    How long before this treatment is available to the general public?
    In the meantime, we’ll be adding food allergy vetted restaurants to http://www.FoodAllergiesToGo.com, so people with food allergies will have a chance to dine out and travel.

  • sherry stanton

    I am looking for any relief for my 3 children…all who are anaphylactic to milk and milk by-products, eggs, nuts, and seeds. It has been stressful with them going to a school that participates in a milk program where they actively try and sell milk and continue to have limited staff available so my children are left supervised by children at lunch and snack periods. They have all had reactions at school and on more than a couple occasions, the situation was handled poorly.
    I worry for their safety every time they go to school. Please keep me updated on anything that could help my children.

    Thanks.

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  • liz

    I heard Dr. Schneider say that they gave Brett Xolair prior to the milk allergy exposure. My son was on Xolair for 2 years every 2 weeks starting at age 11. While he was on Xolair, his asthma and eczema improved dramatically. We also found that when we did the allergy skin test, he was found negative to previous allergies. He has severe milk allergy as well. While on Xolair, he ate cheetos and loved them. At 13.5 he refused to have the Xolair injections anymore. His IgE is back up (now 899) and he cannot eat cheetos anymore without a reaction. I am wondering if Brett has to continue to receive Xolair in order to continue to drink milk?

  • Anonymous

    Hi Liz,
    Brett is not on Xolair. He only had Xolair for 16 weeks during the study. His last Xolair shot was in July of last year. He was gradually introduced to milk (while on Xolair)in miniscule amounts everyday to train his body to accept or desensitize him. He also MUST have milk products everyday so that his tolerance doesn’t slip (I.e. his body could forget it is okay if he stops taking milk products). He loves pizza and ice cream and gained 14 pounds since the beginning of the study.

  • Seeee

    Were there any fatalities in the study? Is it available across the county yet? Is this stuff published so other MD’s can try it? Is there a link to an online published paper on it? Realllly looking fwd to trying this on our ana 9 yr old in Southern Cali.
    Thnx for your time. xo

  • Seeee

    Seeee update: Our local Southern Cali MD won’t do it. I’m not sure would trust an MD I didn’t know to do it. Our blood test came back at 17 instead of 40 from a few yrs ago to milk. That’s still class 5 I think but it’s under the “35″ I thought I read one has to be to qualify for this test.
    Anyone know of an excellent food allergy MD in Southern Cali? Thanks! XO – @BollywoodBlonde

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