Omalizumab and allergen immunotherapy for respiratory allergies: A mini-review from the Allergen-Immunotherapy Committee of the Italian Society of Pediatric Allergy and Immunology (SIAIP)

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Maria De Filippo
Martina Votto
Lucia Caminiti
Francesco Carella
Giovanna De Castro
Massimo Landi
Roberta Olcese
Ilenia Panasiti
Mario Vernich
Salvatore Barberi
Giorgio Ciprandi
Gian Luigi Marseglia

Keywords

Allergen Immunotherapy, Omalizumab, IgE, Tolerance, Allergic Rhinitis, Asthma

Abstract

Although currently approved to treat severe asthma and chronic spontaneous urticaria, omalizumab has also been an effective and safe add-on treatment for other allergic diseases. Namely, omalizumab has been proposed to be used as add-on therapy in patients with allergic rhinitis and asthma and undergoing specific allergen immunotherapy (AIT). AIT is the only treatment that modifies the natural history of IgE-mediated diseases. This brief review summarizes the available evidence and controversies on the efficacy and safety of omalizumab combined with specific AIT.

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