Researchers might have a cure for peanut allergies

By Casey Frye, CCNN Writer

PB cookies
Imagine not being able to have peanut butter cookies!

For anyone with a peanut allergy, where the body reacts negatively to eating a peanut, you might be in luck: researchers have found a possible cure! Allergic children were fed small bits of nuts in slowly increasing amounts over a 6-month period, and soon the majority of them were able to enjoy about 5 nuts a day. It’s a promising start, but the scientists warn people not to try it themselves just yet.

At the start of the trial, the youngsters were exposed to less than a quarter of a peanut. The idea was to give them such small doses, that their allergies wouldn’t be triggered. Every 2 weeks, the children received a larger dose, and by the time half a year passed, 84% could chow down multiple nuts per day. The researchers are pleased with their results, but they don’t want to recommend this treatment to everyone just yet.

The kids were closely monitored throughout the entire study, and they had to go to the hospital to get their carefully measured doses every 14 days. That way, if there was an emergency, medical experts were on hand to treat serious allergic reactions. Also, 60% of people who are allergic to peanuts tend to be allergic to other types of nuts, too. Scientists still have a lot more planning and research to conduct before they can offer safe treatment options for everybody.

Featured image courtesy of marcusfrieze on Flickr. Image of peanut butter cookies courtesy of Wareh on Wikipedia.