Peanut Proteins Build Nut Allergy in Kids

Peanut Proteins Build Nut Allergy in KidsAccording to a new study, US scientists have observed that daily drops of peanut proteins can build tolerance in children against the nut allergy. They have also observed that these drops have few side effects as compared to peanut flour, which is around 100 times stronger.

It was recorded that about one in every 50 youngsters in the UK suffers a peanut allergy, which can result in breathing problems and fatal anaphylaxis.

In the study, researchers performed the experiment on 18 children aged between one and 11. Out of these 18, 11 of the children were given daily drops containing increasing doses of peanut protein while the remaining seven were given the dummy drops.

After one year, it was seen that the children who were on the peanut drops had built up their tolerance until they were consuming the equivalent of five to ten peanuts every day.

Dr. Edwin Kim, of Duke University Hospital in North Carolina, who led the study, said: “It’s a safe treatment. I would not go as far as to say this is a cure but we are getting closer. We have seen very promising results from this trial” and these results will be shown to Dr. Glenis Scadding, President of the British Society for Allergy and Clinical Immunology.