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Can desensitization or immunotherapy help treat soy allergy?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

You may have heard that you can become desensitized to soy through exposing yourself to the food gradually. One method for "desensitization" involves eating tiny amounts of soy till you can tolerate it without a reaction. This method has not been proven effective. Another method is immunotherapy, which involves having tiny amounts of soy injected into your skin. Although immunotherapy is an effective treatment for some allergies, it hasn't been proven effective for soy allergy. The most effective way to treat a soy allergy is to avoid soy altogether, not try to "build up a tolerance" for it.

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