Good news! Preliminary findings
from a new report on food allergies find that children may be able to overcome peanut allergies. With carefully monitored daily doses of peanut protein, a study showed marked improvement in 84% of the children tested over a period of six months.
Though these findings do not eradicate peanut allergies, they do give hope to parents whose child suffers from a peanut allergy. Peanuts are the most commonly fatal trigger of food allergy-related attacks—a fact that makes parents shudder at the thought of how prevalent peanut butter is in the American diet.
What does this mean for the future of peanut allergies? Parents should not try to replicate the study’s results at home. Even though researchers found success in the first round of trials, at-home exposure to peanut protein is not safe for a child with a peanut allergy. Without doctors monitoring a child’s progress, it is unsafe to expose a child with a pre-existing allergy in case of emergency.
Peanut allergy symptoms include itching or swelling around the mouth and throat, hives outbreak, upset or cramping stomach, throat closing, or shortness of breath. Please consult your family physician or seek emergency treatment if you think your child is experiencing anaphylactic shock, as a peanut allergy can cause severe damage.
Let’s hope that in the coming years doctors will be able to treat food allergies in afflicted children and adults.