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01 August 2022

Proximity Challenges Can Make a Difference

A proximity challenge is supervised by a doctor in a setting equipped for any allergic reactions that may occur. It allows a patient to be in the same room as his/her/their allergen, to breathe the air and have a sample of the allergen applied to his/her/their skin. 

Dr. Dave Stukus noted in a tweet about proximity challenges:

"One of my favorite visits - parent/child truly scared as to what will happen if they are near their food allergen...or touch by accident.

I can safely show them exactly what will happen & help overcome fear of these very low risk scenarios.
Proximity challenges are empowering!"

Parents of children who have undergone proximity challenges report that it is a life-changing experience, for the better!

For more information, please see the below article and contact your allergist:

Dinakar C, Shroba J, Portnoy JM. The transforming power of proximity food challenges. Ann Allergy Asthma Immunol. 2016 Aug, 117(2). 135-7. doi: 10.1016/j.anai.2016.06.015. PMID: 27499540.

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