EPIT: A way to deal with the rise of peanut allergies in Asian children

EPIT: A way to deal with the rise of peanut allergies in Asian children

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A novel treatment known as epicutaneous immunotherapy or EPIT, delivers small amounts of peanut protein through the skin and could help control the rising rates of peanut allergies in Asian children and young adults.
18 Dec 2016 - General
Thanks for the very important questions Daniel Wee . The study is actually designed to assess epicutaneous immunotherapy in general. I believe this is just a pilot study that open the way to more research and applications in other kinds of allergies. This kind of therapyaims to desensitize the immune system towards the allergen –in this case peanuts- so it doesn’t cause same level of allergy anymore. Treatment ear...
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All is well until I read that a specific peanut protein was used. Just wondering if it's the only protein causing the allergy? Or are there other allergens in peanut? If that wasn't the main allergen then the test would "seem" effective during testing.
Also waiting to see long term results, and how long the patch need to be used, e.g. if it's needed to be used life long to sustain the anti-allergen effect then would it be cheaper/economical/easier for patient just to av...
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Mahmoud AbdelAziz In recent years, awareness about peanut allergy in children has risen, as has the number of peanut allergy cases reported. In May 2010, a study noted that the rate of peanut allergies in children, as reported in a telephone survey, had more than tripled between 1997 and 2008.

There are several misconceptions about peanut allergies. A peanut is a legume (belonging to the same family as s...
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