There has recently been some exciting news for sufferers of peanut allergy! Researchers have found that providing children with a course of probiotics whilst also gradually increasing their exposure to peanuts could very well be the cure to peanut allergy!
‘The researchers gave over 60 peanut allergic children in the study either a dose of a probiotic, Lactobacillus rhamnosus, together with peanut protein in increasing amounts, or a placebo over 18 months to assess whether children would become tolerant to peanut’
The study was conducted over 18 months. The children’s tolerance to the peanut protein was tested 2-5 weeks following the end of treatment and the results were astounding! Many of the children in the probiotic group were able to incorporate peanuts in to their diet without adverse effects.
‘Astoundingly, researchers found over 80 per cent of children who received the oral immunotherapy treatment were able to tolerate peanut at the end of the trial, compared to less than 4 per cent of the placebo group. The researchers said this was 20 times higher than the natural rate of resolution for peanut allergy .’
This means that there is the potential for the development of a long – term treatment for individuals with allergy. However, it is important to note that this kind of treatment would have to be conducted by medical professionals only.
‘Associate Professor Tang said. “However, it is important to point out that this treatment must be only be given under close medical supervision as we are giving peanut to children who are allergic to peanut, and children did have allergic reaction”’
The next step will be to assess whether the studies patients will be able to tolerate peanuts years after the treatment.
1. Langley, S. Oral therapy could cure peanut allergies, Australian research study [internet]. 2015 Jan 28 [Cited 2015 Jan 30] . Available from: Australian Food News