This evening, I came across an interesting report from ABC News about peanut allergies. The segment highlighted a recent study that may offer a future treatment for the allergy.
Not much of a surprise, but they found some success (in a controlled research environment) by treating peanut allergies with… peanuts. This is the same desensitization technique we’ve been using for quite a while to treat allergies (e.g. allergy shots & homeopathic remedies).
Watch the ABC News video and read the story. Of course, this is by no means an invitation for parents to begin self-treating a child’s peanut allergy with little doses of peanuts. This research is still in its infancy and proper dosing amounts are not fully understood. It’s also likely that some individuals are too sensitive to undergo this type of therapy.
One more thing, the ABC News segment brought up a wonderful point: For the soon-to-be moms out there, try to breastfeed for at least 4 months. Breastfeeding has countless benefits, one of which is a reduced risk of food allergies for the child.