A new treatment could help peanut allergy sufferers get over their potentially deadly intolerance to the popular pub snack.
of sublingual immunotherapy treatments, where patients are given doses
of allergens in gradually increasing amounts, suggest the technique
could one day be used as a cure for the allergy. However,
experts carried out the tests under strict conditions and have warned
people not to try a similar experiment themselves.
one in a 100 people in the U.S. and UK is allergic to peanuts, and
reactions range from mere watery eyes to potentially fatal anaphylactic
shock. For sufferers even eating a tiny
amount of peanut can lead to a deadly reaction. Many must carry around
special medicines like epinephrine-containing pens for emergency
treatment in case they eat contaminated food. The
prevalence of peanut allergy is increasing, however there is as yet no
clinical treatment available for sufferers other than strict dietary