Tame allergies

Tame allergies
Tame allergies
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US scientists figured out how to cure food allergies in children.

Tame allergies

US scientists figured out how to cure food allergies in children.

Doctors have long used allergen therapy to cure adults and children of allergies to environmental irritants such as pollen, bee stings or dust mites.

And now they have decided to use this method to treat food allergies. Doctors believe that it is possible to create a child's tolerance for food that causes an allergic reaction by giving him a tiny amount of this food, gradually increasing it. This method is called sublingual immunotherapy and oral immunotherapy.

"Experiments with peanuts, eggs and milk have already yielded positive results," says Professor Scott Seekerer, Chair of Allergy and Immunology at the American Academy of Pediatrics. “Studies show that some patients may shift to higher doses of foods that previously triggered an allergic reaction over time.”

A small amount of the allergen, enough to desensitize the immune system but not enough to cause an allergic reaction, is placed under the child's tongue. The next step is to eat a tiny amount of food by mouth under the supervision of a physician and gradually increase the dose.

"The method is still experimental and leaves a lot of questions," Seekerer says. “Sometimes a very small amount is enough to cause an allergic reaction, and it is too early to talk about the widespread introduction of sublingual and oral immunotherapy.”

Researchers also don't yet know how long immunity from therapy lasts.

One thing scientists know for sure - immunotherapy is too dangerous to use on its own at home. All doses of allergens must be carefully measured by physicians on a case-by-case basis.

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