New hope for peanut allergy sufferers revealed
PEANUT allergy sufferers have been given new hope following the results of a landmark study.
Children diagnosed with a severe allergy took part in a trial where they were given increasing amounts of peanut protein over a year.
The trial found that participants not normally able to tolerate exposure to even one-tenth of a single peanut could eventually cope with two whole peanuts.
It is believed that by gradually building up tolerance levels, allergy sufferers could protect themselves from accidental exposure.
The research by Evelina London Children’s Hospital and King’s College London suggests immunotherapy treatment, already used to treat pollen and bee sting allergies, could protect people from life-threatening reactions.
The results, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, found around two thirds (67%) of children and teenagers could tolerate at least 600mg of peanut protein, compared with just four per cent of participants on the dummy placebo.