A Cure For Peanut Allergies On the Rise

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Reading labels, questioning waiters and carrying epipens are becoming more and more common behaviors due to the growing number of food allergies.

A main one being peanut allergies among children.

What makes this more frustrating is that there currently is not a cure for food allergies, leaving parents and caretakers on their toes to avoid trips to the emergency room.

However, scientists say they have taken a major step towards remedying this issue for those allergic to peanuts.

In a new study published in The Lancet Child and Adolescent Health, a therapy is being used to treat peanut allergies, keeping patients from having an allergic reaction to peanuts over a four-year period.

In the study, 56 children allergic to peanuts were tested. Some of the children were given the probiotic Lactobacillus rhamnosus along with a small dose of peanut protein every day for 18 months. The other group received a placebo.

The findings concluded that 82 percent who received the treatment gained tolerance to peanuts compared to only 4 percent of children in the placebo group.

At this time, the treatment is limited to peanuts.

The team of scientists who conducted the study are currently running more research in Australia.

If successful, the treatment will be available to patients and doctors in five to 10 years.

Categories: Food, Health