Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Possible Treatment For Peanut Allergies

There may be a promising new treatment for peanut allergies. Scientists announced last week the results of a small study which involved giving highly allergic children small amounts of peanut flour daily for over two years.  The children gradually became less sensitive to peanuts during this time. 

Moms of children with peanut allergies have mixed feelings about the new treatment and with good reason.  Peanut reactions can be very scary with swelling, hives, itching of mouth or throat, shortness of breath and in severe cases, anaphylaxis. I've personally suffered through several allergic reactions to peanuts, which were very scary. I learned from a young age to always ask about the ingredients of unfamiliar foods and read labels. For those of us who suffer from food allergies, promising new treatments are a step in the right direction. Click here to read more.

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