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

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