Early intervention can help treat peanut allergies in young children, study says

A new study on children with peanut allergies was published in the journal Lancet.

The study found that early intervention for treating young children with peanut allergies can help them significantly lessen or fully-overcome their allergy.

About 2.5 percent of children in the U.S. suffer from a peanut allergy.

 At this point, three-quarters of the children given the therapy were able to tolerate exposure of up to 16 peanuts without having an allergic reaction. 

Following 26 weeks of avoiding exposure to the allergen altogether after the therapy, one-fifth still had the same exposure tolerance. 

“In children with a peanut allergy, initiation of peanut oral immunotherapy before age 4 years was associated with an increase in both desensitization and remission,” the researchers wrote. 

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