Child peanut allergy treatment 'breakthrough'

  • 31 January 2014
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A breakthrough in treating peanut allergies may have been made by a team of British researchers.

A trial was carried out with 99 children, giving them a tiny dose of peanut protein every day, which was gradually increased.

The team found that 84% of the allergic children could eat the equivalent of five peanuts a day after six months.

It's really important to remember that this trial was carried out safely by medical experts.

If you have a nut allergy, it would be very dangerous to try and eat them on your own. And many more tests are still needed before this type of treatment becomes more widespread.

The aim of the trial by Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge was to train the children's bodies to get used to peanut protein.

Peanuts are the most common cause of fatal allergic reactions to food.

Allergy symptoms can include hives, a drop in blood pressure, and swelling of the face and throat - which can block breathing.

There is no treatment so sufferers have to avoid them completely, which means checking every food label before eating.

Eleven-year-old Lena, who took part in the research, said: "The trial has been an experience and adventure that has changed my life and I've had so much fun, but I still hate peanuts."