Potential treatment found for peanut allergy
Children may be able to avoid peanut allergies with the help of a new treatment, according to a study published in The Lancet.
Scientists from Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge gave children with peanut allergies a peanut protein powder and slowly increased the dosage from the equivalent of one 70th of a peanut to five peanuts over the course of six months. The goal of the study was to test whether the children’s immune systems could be “trained” to tolerate peanuts.
The findings showed that 84 percent of the allergic children were able to eat the equivalent of five peanuts a day after six months. Researchers said that the study’s findings present an important step in dealing with peanut allergies, but it does not yet present a cure. Additional studies are needed before techniques can be refined for use by medical professionals.
Although the study was successful, researchers advised parents and children not to attempt to replicate the study on their own.