Possible Cure for Peanut Allergy

By Heather Legg

I’ve heard of this before with sublingual drops, now doctors from Cambridge University are testing a technique that may functionally cure people who suffer from peanut allergies. The pilot study done by Andrew Clark and his colleagues has been successful in showing their technique may have strong possibilities of success.

This method involves giving children slowly increasing doses of peanut flour. According to an article at naturalnews.com, In their initial study, the researchers gave 23 people suffering from peanut allergies a daily dose of peanut flour, starting at about 1 milligram and increasing a little each day. When the participants could tolerate 800 milligrams per day (equivalent to five nuts), the researchers instructed them to maintain this daily dose for another six weeks.

After a year, twenty of the participants were able to safely tolerate doses of 32 peanuts a day, meaning they no longer had to read food labels or worry about trace nut contamination in their environments. In a followup study, the researchers will now test the technique on 104 British children between the ages of seven and 17.

“This is going to be the largest trial of its kind in the world and it should give us a definitive idea of whether the approach works and whether it’s safe,” Clark said.

Maybe these method won’t allow people with allergies to indulge in peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, but it does mean that they may not have to worry about plane rides and baseball parks, or sleepovers and birthday parties. By being able to tolerate a small amount, the fear of trace ingestion or contamination can be left behind. Though it will not eliminate the allergy altogether, it can make it very easily manageable.

The cure works on the principle of desensitization where the body learns to tolerate a small amount. Some may be able to tolerate more than others, it depends on how wlel the body takes to the treatments. As mentioned above, there have been similar trials with sublingual drops that have shown to be successful.

It has been emphasized that these trials are only in the early methods and are done in controlled environments so this should not be attempted at home or with your own children. However, it is an optimistic study and hopefully our children’s generation may not have all of the worry of allergies that ours does.

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