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.

 

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.

 

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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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