A Patch to Treat Peanut Allergies in the Works
A new study holds promise for some 3 million Americans who suffer from serious nut allergies. The research aims to use a patch containing a peanut protein to desensitize people allergic to peanuts.
Currently, there is no method, other than avoidance, to combat the condition. The allergy’s symptoms can range from a minor irritation to a life-threatening reaction.
Although the results could have far-reaching implications, it will take a few years to determine whether the patch is effective, said Amal Assa’ad, the primary investigator of the study at Cincinnati Children’s.
“If we achieve that, and with safety, it will have a really big impact,” she said.