STRONGSVILLE, Ohio — Northeast Ohio residents will now have a resource to treat and diagnose their food allergies. The clinic has opened the Food Allergy Center of Excellence (FACE) at the Strongsville Family Health Center.
The 2,400-square-foot center will feature a large, interactive observation space that includes video gaming for patients undergoing food challenge tests to determine or confirm a suspected allergy.
The center will be a hub for targeting infants and children at high risk of developing food allergies with early introduction therapies.
“Until recently, all we could offer our patients and families with food allergies was avoidance,” said Sandra Hong, M.D., director of the Food Allergy Center of Excellence, in a news release. “However, oral immunotherapy has ushered in a new era for food allergy patients. We are excited to be able to offer this therapy to carefully selected patients who can benefit from it as a treatment or prevention strategy.”
FACE will also care for patients with disease processes which can be associated with foods, such as eczema, eosinophilic, esophagitis, food protein proctocolitis and food protein-induced enterocolitis syndrome.