Managing food allergy immunotherapy in children during the COVID-19 pandemic

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Simona Barni
Mattia Giovannini
Lucrezia Sarti
Giulia Liccioli
Benedetta Biagioni
Elio Novembre
Francesca Mori


children, COVID-19, food allergy, oral immunotherapy.


Food allergy immunotherapy is a promising allergen-specific approach to manage food allergy in children, although it is not exempt from adverse events, even severe. The adverse events are not predictable and furthermore cofactors can play a role in triggering them. During the COVID-19 pandemic, patients on food allergy immunotherapy should be provided with suggestions on how to proceed in the event of COVID-19 infection occurring or is suspected. These recommendations would be of support to clinical practitioners dealing with patients on food allergy immunotherapy since there is little data in the literature on the topic.

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