A Southern California Food Allergy Institute patient is considered to have reached maintenance when he or she passes a food challenge of an adult-sized dose of an allergic food.
Upon reaching maintenance, patients no longer have to worry about eating their allergens every day or observing a rest period. In general, a patient's maintenance dose schedule will initially be set at several times per week, weekly, or less than weekly dosing. Maintenance dose frequency will be reduced over time as tolerance builds. This tolerance is measured both clinically and on follow-up diagnostic tests.