Peanut Allergy Clinic

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A specialist peanut allergy clinic for children aged 0-17yrs undergoing peanut immunotherapy.

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Yes we recommend you have access to a full first-aid kit whilst you are taking peanut immunotherapy.  Apart from the treatment your child will otherwise need to continue to avoid peanut and to carry adrenaline as normal.

The immunotherapy starts working as soon as you take it. There is a gradual desensitisation that allows the person to take increased doses of peanut every few weeks until they reach a maintenance of 300 mg which is the equivalent of 1 peanut.

You will see that it is working as your child will be able to tolerate increasing doses of treatment until they are on maintenance. At the end of a year of treatment we will switch your child over to taking peanut protein instead. We do not do food challenges at the end of treatment. Switching over to dietary peanut gives us enough information for your child and you will be able to see that they can manage peanut M&M’s without reaction.

Peanut immunotherapy can be used in children aged 4-17. As long as we start treatment before your child’s 18th birthday we can continue with the treatment when they are 18 and older.

You will be seen by a doctor or nurse from our clinic who will see how you have been getting on with the treatment over the last couple of weeks. If all is well you will have an observed dose of your next treatment dose in clinic and then wait for an hour afterwards. Many people bring something to do during that time such as homework, reading or perhaps a gaming tablet.

About half of children will have some mild symptoms when taking immunotherapy. Common side effects include tummy ache, which often settles once they get used to the new dose. Allergic reactions to treatment can occur. These are normally mild. Anaphylaxis is possible but occurs rarely. Even more rare is inflammation of the food pipe which if persistent we may lead to someone stopping treatment.