A new research tested an experimental method to get people rid of allergies, and the results were promising. The method consists of a patch that, when applied, releases a high amount of peanut protein in the body. This patch prevented people with peanut allergies from suffering adverse allergic reactions after consuming nut-based products.
Peanut allergies are an acute problem in the US
Many people in the US are struggling with peanut allergies, and cannot consume any kind of foods or products with contain nuts. This type of allergy causes some of the most severe reactions, and sometimes can be fatal. Therefore, researchers are constantly looking for ways to solve this problem.
For this study, researchers tested their experimental patch on 221 people who suffer from peanut allergies. These participants, both adults and children, were split into four groups. Three of the groups received a patch with different doses of peanut protein, while the fourth had to wear a placebo patch.
The experimental patch might help people overcome their peanut allergies
Apart from testing the efficacy of the method, researchers wanted to find out which dosage worked best. The results promoted the highest one, of 250 micrograms, which helped about half of the wearers to overcome their peanut allergies. However, there were only 28 people who had been assigned to this group, so it’s hard to say how the patch would work on a larger sample.
Therefore, researchers have decided to continue their trials. The next step would be to gather a group of children with ages between 4 and 11, who would be administered the patch with 250 micrograms. This way, they hope they can offer and effective and risk-free method to get rid of peanut allergies.