Combat Food Allergies With Science And Expert Knowledge
Just a single bite of food can result in a severe, life-threatening anaphylactic reaction, but food avoidance can be extremely challenging for families and the individual suffering from food allergies. Especially as children get older and gain more independence, the stress and anxiety that come with regulating food contact can be exhausting and greatly impact the quality of life. Seeking diagnosis and treatment with a qualified food allergy specialist is the best way to safely address these challenges.
Making the puzzle of food allergies even more difficult is accurately diagnosing the issues since a positive result on an isolated skin prick or blood test may not definitively mean that an individual has an actual allergy or can have an anaphylactic reaction to that allergen. False positives are common, and with an uncertain diagnosis, it's critical to meet with a professional for Food Allergy Testing in Torrance.
A Bite Is Just The Beginning
Our BiPP (Bite Protection Program) involves several steps. First is the initial consultation, assessment and testing, and comprehensive customization of the desensitization treatment plan. Then, treatment sessions begin, which typically span one to four years. Finally, reassessment ensures you or your child are confident in the results and your long-term plan moving forward.
If you or a loved one is having to deal with food allergies, schedule a consultation for our Torrance Food Allergy Testing today to learn more about our BiPP program and how it can help you or your child live a life free from food fears.
Get The Whole Picture
We refrain from conducting any testing that does not genuinely inform or predict treatment outcomes and prognosis. At Modena Allergy + Asthma, our approach is marked by clear objectives and a commitment to delivering the utmost in patient care. The testing process is straightforward and is designed to be easily understandable for both you and your family, ensuring clarity and comfort throughout the treatment journey.
To consider Food Allergy Testing Torrance patients should do so after experiencing any unexplained symptoms, allergic, or severe reactions while they are eating or shortly after. Symptoms can range from skin reactions like hives and itchiness to swelling in the face, extremities, or throat to respiratory problems like difficulty breathing, coughing, or wheezing and may vary in severity. Other common food allergy symptoms include GI issues like pain, cramps, or vomiting, as well as cardiac symptoms such as fainting or racing heartbeat.
Results after Food Allergy Testing vary based on the test type. Blood test results can take several days, depending on the scope, while skin prick results are immediate. Once results are received, Dr. Modena will discuss the results and craft a customized treatment plan.
It Starts with a Nibble
In the past, the primary approach to dealing with food allergies revolved around the strict exclusion of allergenic foods and the necessity of carrying emergency medications such as epinephrine to manage potential anaphylactic responses. However, in recent years we have seen remarkable advancements with food allergy treatments thanks to the emergence of food immunotherapy.
Food Immunotherapy (IT) is a safe and innovative approach to treating food allergies by utilizing the very allergenic food that triggers the allergic response through highly controlled techniques. For some patients, this treatment can ultimately grant them the freedom to consume the allergenic food without limitations, known as "unrestricted consumption," or at least with greatly diminished reactions, known as "persistent unresponsiveness."
This method involves administering tiny, gradually increasing doses of the confirmed allergen, thereby desensitizing the individual to it. One method is oral immunotherapy (OIT) which involves consuming increasingly larger amounts of a specific food each day. Sublingual immunotherapy (SLIT) is another technique where liquid food extract goes under the tongue and is held for about two minutes to build up tolerance. The gradual escalation in dosage significantly reduces the likelihood and severity of reactions that might occur due to accidental exposures.
Enhance Daily and Long-Term Quality Of Life
Explore Your Options
There are many factors that go into determining whether a patient is an ideal candidate for this treatment, including age, severity of anaphylaxis, and expected protocol adherence, which the team at Modena will discuss in detail. Ideal candidates for Food Allergy Testing are those who experience anaphylactic reactions to foods such as eggs, milk, peanuts, tree nuts, soy, and wheat.
Lasting Peace Of Mind
For many patients, even a reduced level of reaction can greatly improve their quality of life. Through this gradual introduction of food allergens, many patients achieve this or even improve to the level of "sustained hyperresponsiveness" or prolonged tolerance of their allergen.
Our success record at Modena Food Allergy Center is built upon rigorously validated scientific studies. Safety is our utmost priority, and with a rate of adverse reactions under 1%, our commitment to patient support is unwavering, offering round-the-clock availability for your peace of mind. We understand the importance of affordability, extending financial assistance for eligible families, and ensuring no child is left without care.
Our core mission is centered around delivering safe, evidence-based, treatments, all rooted in meticulous scientific research. We believe in transparency, setting achievable goals, and maintaining realistic expectations throughout your treatment journey. Our commitment to evidence-based practices extends to avoiding unverified treatments that lack acceptance or substantial research in the broader allergist community. We do not administer food immunotherapy unless it is truly warranted, steering clear of unnecessary treatments based on false-positive test results. Our clinic's unwavering dedication to straightforward, proven methods consistently enhances the lives of our patients.
At Modena Allergy + Asthma, Dr. Brian Modena extends his compassionate care to patients of all ages, offering not only cutting-edge therapies but also valuable education. Dr. Modena's personal journey was marked by severe food allergies and asthma during his childhood, and he understands the overwhelming sensation of suddenly losing control over breathing or being unable to partake in shared meals like everyone else. Driven by a deep sense of empathy, he has made it his life's mission to provide care and support to others experiencing these distressing conditions.
Dr. Modena's expertise includes food allergy desensitization and Food Allergy Testing in Torrance, and his ultimate goal is to help both patients and their families breathe a little easier, alleviating the stress associated with allergic conditions. Dr. Modena's personal experience with food allergies, eczema, severe asthma, and EoE makes him intimately familiar with allergic diseases and the challenges they pose, including the potential dangers of anaphylactic reactions.
Recognizing the need for safe, scientifically proven, and affordable treatments for patients experiencing food allergies, Dr. Modena founded the Modena Food Allergy Center and introduced the Bite Protection (BiP) Program.
Despite his extensive background in artificial intelligence, natural language processing, machine learning, and genomics research at renowned institutions such as The Scripps Research Institute and National Jewish Health, Dr. Modena underscores that food allergy treatments don't require complex technology – just discipline, patience, and the right approach.
To learn more about Food Allergy Testing Torrance patients should consider scheduling their consultation with Dr. Modena today by calling (858) 252-3721. Explore how his expertise can impact your life or your child's.
Food Allergy Testing & Food Immunotherapy
You don’t have to let allergies, asthma or immune system issues dictate your life. With a specialist like Dr. Brian Modena by your side, you can get back to living your best life.
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