Could peanuts be the cure for peanut allergies?

Could peanuts be the cure for peanut allergies?

Peanut allergies may have a treatment in an experimental method of giving small doses of peanut over time, but more research is needed.

Doctors in London say  they may have found a treatment for peanut allergies.  Scientists and doctors have conducted a study on 85 children who have peanut allergies.  The children were given very small portions of peanut protein on a daily basis in hopes of building up a tolerance.  The study found that after six months about 84 percent of the children who participated in the study were able to eat about five peanuts without any allergic reaction.

The study took place at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge, and was geared towards training children’s immune systems to be able to tolerate peanuts.  At the beginning of the study, patients were administered very low doses of peanut protein.  The dosage of the protein was increased periodically throughout the course of the study in order to build up the patients’ immunity.

“It’s a potential treatment and the next step is to make it available to patients, but there will be significant costs in providing the treatment – in the specialist centers and staff and producing the peanut to a sufficiently high standard,”  Dr. Andrew Clark, a researcher on the case, stated.

Though the study has proven to be successful in small amounts, it is not yet considered effective.

“This large study is the first of its kind in the world to have such appositive outcome, and is an important advance in peanut allergy research,” said Dr. Pamela Ewan.

About 60 percent of people that have a peanut allergy are also allergic to other nuts.  This makes it difficult, because if there is ever an effective cure for peanut allergies, it will still be near impossible for patients to live a carefree lifestyle due to other nut allergies.

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