A new peanut skin patch may be able to help those with a peanut allergy as it would allow them to consume small quantities, increase their natural immunity.
Th on-going study is being funded by the National Institutes of Health and had its first results published in the specialized Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology.
According to the initial results, the research determined that almost half of the test subjects wearing the skin patch were able to ingest a ten times bigger peanut protein quantity than at the beginning of the test.
The Viaskin Peanut patch, as it is called, seems to have registered its best results amongst children aged 4 to 11 years old. The test participants over the age of 12 did not show a noticeable advancement if any at all.
The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases’ Dr. Daniel Rotrosen declared that the peanut skin patch therapy is based on the plan of training the body to accept small quantities of the protein.
As the processed values increase, so does the body’ immunity and its ability to better handle peanuts. The skin patch works by effectively ingesting small doses of the peanut protein known to cause the allergy to the ones wearing the product.
Although the method has revealed positive results, the ten times bigger quantity of protein is still a small value as even with this rise, the skin patch wearer could not eat a whole peanut.
Still, the trial results seem to be enough to keep the studies going as the new version, although it is not yet a cure, could offer many, valuable information that could lead researchers towards better results.
The study team declared the new immunotherapy method of dealing with peanut allergies to have been shown to be “potentially effective”.
But they also cautioned that these clinical changes were registered over a limited time period, and a longer study will have to take place before the method will be officially accepted. The Viaskin patch does not currently have the FDA’s stamp of approval.
This initial trial was just the first step in a series of other tests, as the long-term effects of such a peanut skin patch will also have to be analyzed and taken into consideration.
As peanut-related allergies are amongst the most common types of allergies, the idea of desensitizing those affected and make them less allergic could go a long way.
Even if the peanut skin patch is not yet a cure, and will probably take quite some time to reach that stage, it could still potentially offer an extra protection to those affected by the protein.
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