Peanut-allergy therapy ‘protection not a cure’
Treating peanut allergy with regular exposure to small amounts of the food is effective – but only if a patient stays on the therapy, a study suggests.
King’s College London scientists looked at the underlying behaviour of patients’ cells – and found it did not change.
They say that shows immunotherapy offers “protection but not a cure” for peanut allergies.
Allergy UK said that, even so, the treatment was a “positive step”.
It is estimated about one in 50 UK children has a peanut allergy.
There is no cure. The only way most people can manage it is by trying to avoid peanuts – which can be difficult and restrictive.
In immunotherapy, people are given a small amount of the substance they are allergic to – in this case peanut – every day