Treating peanut allergy bit by bit
New study offers a little hope in reducing an allergy to peanuts, but don’t try this at home
By Stephen Ornes, 00:00 AM April 1, 2009
A recent study suggests that some children may be able to beat back their allergic reactions to peanuts by gradually introducing trace amounts of the nut into their diets.
Peanut allergies are among the most common and most dangerous food allergies. A tiny exposure to peanuts can mean big trouble for a person with a peanut allergy, with symptoms ranging from sneezing or coughing to the constriction, or narrowing, of airways. Some people die from the exposure.
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