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Peanut allergy cure: Doctors close to cure for deadly food allergy

For some people, eating peanuts can be a death sentence. Doctors are looking to cure that ailment.
For some people, eating peanuts can be a death sentence. Doctors are looking to cure that ailment.
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Peanut allergy cure studies have been done before, but doctors believe they can treat the deadly food allergy with peanut powder. According to a report from Thursday (Jan. 30), this strategy could help to induce a tolerance in children that might eventually cause them to overcome the problem.

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The report states that after undergoing six months of treatment, 84-91 percent of the children in a trial could safely tolerate daily doses of peanut powder. They correlated the daily dose to about five peanuts, which is 25 times the amount that the children could tolerate before the study began. The key here, is that it is much larger than an accidental dose would likely be.

Study leader Andrew Clark from Cambridge University Hospitals stated, "The treatment allowed children with all severities of peanut allergy to eat large quantities of peanuts, well above the levels found in contaminated snacks and meals, freeing them and their parents from the fear of a potentially life threatening allergic reaction."

This methodology certainly indicates that a peanut allergy cure is possible for families willing to go through studies like this one. Being able to overcome something that can be deadly to the touch could certainly change the lives of a lot of people. For those unaware of the risks that simple dust from peanuts can pose to people with these allergies, symptoms can vary from mild to severe, from swollen lips or shortness of breath to anaphylactic shock, which can be fatal.

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