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Peanuts may cure own allergy

7th March 2007

The risk of a reaction to peanuts in children could be reduced if they were given small doses of peanut protein over a period of time under medical supervision, new research has found.

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The technique, known as oral peanut immunotherapy, involves injections of tiny amounts of the allergen until tolerance develops.

Five out of seven children studied were able to tolerate exposure to peanut flour following 18 months of the therapy, the team found.

In a separate study, researchers said they might also be able to predict which children will outgrow nut allergies.

The findings were presented to the 2007 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology in San Diego.

Reactions to peanuts can range from mild to severe, even leading to anaphylaxis, a potentially fatal response that can cause breathing problems and loss of consciousness.

 

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Article Information

Title: Peanuts may cure own allergy
Author: Luisetta Mudie
Article Id: 2172
Date Added: 7th Mar 2007

Sources

Medicinenet.com
Progress Against Peanut Allergies

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