Immunotherapy may alleviate peanut allergies in future

May 2, 2008 2:16:41 PM PDT
A form of immunotherapy could get rid of peanut allergies in five years

A solution to the growing problem of peanut allergies appears to be on the horizon. A form of immunotherapy that could get rid of a person's allergy to peanuts is likely within five years, according to United States experts.

Peanut allergy often appears in the first three years of life. Only twenty percent of children outgrow peanut allergies.

The study in the Lancet Medical Journal says ideally immunotherapy would change a person's immune response to peanuts from an allergic one to a non allergic one.

Peanut allergies are believed to be becoming more common doubling among young children from 1997 to 2002.


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