New Treatment to Help Peanut Allergies

By Amy Tang

There may not be a cure for peanut allergies, but new research shows treatments are possible for those under 18.

Researchers asked people from 10 countries in North America and Europe to participate in a study, of which the participants are asked to take small doses of peanut powder over roughly 24 weeks.

In the study, nearly 500 participants are between the age of 4 and 17. The participants have severe nut allergies and cannot ingest a peanut without reactions.

The result of the study showed that about two-thirds of the children and teenagers could ingest about two peanuts (600mg) with no allergy reaction.

Two peanuts may not seem much, but considering accidental exposure or ingestion of peanuts, being able to eat two peanuts without a reaction can make a difference for many.

You can find out more in Sunday’s New England Journal of Medicine. Alternatively, the article is also available online, titled “AR101 Oral Immunotherapy for Peanut Allergy.”