Wear­able skin patch could help chil­dren with peanut al­ler­gies

Kuwait Times - - HEALTH & SCIENCE -

WASH­ING­TON:

A new study shows a wear­able skin patch may help chil­dren who are al­ler­gic to peanuts by de­liv­er­ing small doses of peanut pro­tein. The Na­tional In­sti­tutes of Health funded the year­long study pub­lished in the Jour­nal of Al­lergy and Clin­i­cal Im­munol­ogy. It says nearly half of those treated with the patch were able to con­sume at least 10 times more peanut pro­tein than they were able to con­sume prior to treat­ment. The NIH says the big­gest ben­e­fit came for those from 4 to 11 years old. Those 12 and older didn’t see as much of an ef­fect. Dr Daniel Rotrosen, an of­fi­cial with the Na­tional In­sti­tute of Al­lergy and In­fec­tious Dis­eases, says the ther­apy works by train­ing the skin’s im­mune sys­tem to tol­er­ate small amounts of peanuts. The patch hasn’t been ap­proved by the Food and Drug Ad­min­is­tra­tion. —AP

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