How can we treat peanut allergies?

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Offline thedoc

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How can we treat peanut allergies?
« on: 05/02/2014 10:30:01 »
About 1 in 100 in the UK has a peanut allergy. But this week, researchers announced a new technique to control the allergy.
Read a transcript of the interview by clicking here
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Re: How can we treat peanut allergies?
« Reply #1 on: 05/02/2014 11:44:22 »
Desensitization therapy has been in use for various allergies for quite some time.  I hadn't thought about peanuts, but it makes sense. 
What about bee allergies?

Interesting point at the end of the article about becoming resensitized when the allergen is removed.  So with the peanut allergies, the kid should probably have a little dab of peanut butter at least once a week for life. 

I can imagine removing the kid from the study that had a "severe reaction", but that one was likely the one that might have had the greatest benefit, so perhaps he should have been restarted with lower doses and a slower increase in doses.