Researchers can’t cure a peanut allergy, but they may be able to treat it.
But a new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine shows promising results for an individual’s reaction to peanuts to be diminished. In the study, two out of three children with a peanut allergy were able to safely consume two peanuts without any resulting symptoms.
“It does not make the allergy go away,” said lead author Dr. Brian Vickery. But the treatment could erase fears of accidental contamination for many with a life-threatening peanut allergy.
“I’m telling parents when I see them that my hope is that patients will have access by late next summer,” Vickery added.
If the treatment receives approval, many parents of children with peanut allergy could be resting much easier by late next year.
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