Oral Treatment for Peanut Allergies Inspires Hope

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Peanut allergies have be on the rise the past few years. There has been a 21 percent increase since 2010, meaning 2.5 percent of children in the United States may have peanut allergies. Protecting a child from peanut allergies is always a challenge. There are signs now pointing towards a new treatment for children with food allergies.

A study done by the University of Michigan, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, tests a potential treatment to peanut allergies. This study focuses on oral immunotherapy, which is slowly increasing a person’s exposure to the allergen to increase their immunity. Over the course of a year, 554 participants between the ages of four and seventeen were given very small doses of peanut protein, which increased over time. The study only had 32 percent drop out, 12 percent dropping out due to adverse effects. At the end of the study, 67 percent of participants were able to consume 600mg of peanut protein, or equivalent to two peanuts.

But what does this all mean for you and your family? The FDA has not approved oral immunotherapy. Until it has been tested by the FDA, do not feed your child with peanut allergies peanuts. Medical staff closely monitored the study, preventing any

If this treatment becomes available to the public, know this is not a short term treatment. It took a year for the participants to eat enough peanut protein of two peanuts. This will not make your child be able to eat as many peanuts as they want, but it is a way that may protect from accidental exposures.

Does your child have peanut allergies? What do you think of this study? How hopeful are you that this could lead to more treatments on allergies? Comment below and share your opinions with us.