What’s the deal with food allergy? It’s become an epidemic, but now we have ways to treat it! I am an Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology Doctor who does food allergy immunotherapy (OIT). AMA
Update: Thank you everyone for participating in our AMA so far. Dr. Carr was a bit overwhelmed by the tremendous amount of love and attention the field of Allergies and Asthma was able to achieve with our AMA, but he had plenty of fun all the same. (You should have seen the smile on his face!) I hope you all consider seeing an allergist and starting on the path of treatment/answers. Every day in our office is like a personal AMA session with each patient, so it's always fun. If you're in the area (although we see patients to all over the country and world, as well), we would be happy to meet you. If you mention our Reddit AMA, we'll be even more giddy. Dr.Carr, Audi, and I (OITKristina) will answer questions for one more day (01/25/2020) as we feel that most of the questions have been answered somewhere in the AMA.
Hello, Reddit! I am Dr. Warner Carr, the lead physician for our Food Allergy Center at Allergy and Asthma Associates of Southern California. We help our patients with food allergies by desensitizing them using a treatment called oral immunotherapy (OIT). We are also one of the leading research sites for various food allergy treatments to a variety of foods. Here is a paper I was recently a part of: AR101 Oral Immunotherapy for Peanut Allergy
So, what is the deal with food allergies anyway? It’s so common now that you likely have a friend or even a family member with food allergies. In fact, an average of two kids in every classroom has a life-threatening food allergy. I’m here to clear up the misconceptions about food allergy, discuss current recommendations for food allergy, and answer any other questions in the field that you may have! For example, a common question we get is: what is the difference between food allergy and food sensitivities/intolerance? Food allergies have been controlling people’s lives. It’s time we take back that control.
I am a board-certified Allergy, Asthma, and Immunologist and would be happy to answer any questions about general allergies, asthma, and any other immunological conditions as well. I like to call allergy the “Rodney Dangerfield” of medical diseases because we “don’t get no respect.” Some countries don’t even have allergists. Let’s spread awareness about our specialty!
The Mug Shot (Proof): Dr.Carr and Audi
OIT FAQs: Frequently Asked Questions
Hello everyone, hope you enjoy our AMA and come to know allergy, asthma, and immunology just a little bit better. We love to share our passion for the subject here! Thank you to r/Allergies and r/FoodAllergies for your support! A few people will be helping to answer questions/type out the doctor’s responses. (- OITKristina)
We will be active 01/20/20 - 01/25/20 from 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM PST. (between patients)
Myself or my scribe (OITKristina) will be answering/transcribing questions.