Peanut Allergy Patch Shows Middling Results in Trial
FRIDAY, Feb. 22, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Delivering "exposure therapy" via a patch to help curb peanut allergy in kids is somewhat effective, but not as good as delivering the tiny amounts of peanut by mouth, new research shows.
The international trial involved 356 children, aged 4 to 11, from five countries. All had been diagnosed with peanut allergy and were asked to wear either a skin patch with a very tiny amount of peanut allergen (250 micrograms) or a placebo patch without any allergen.
They were later tested with a "peanut challenge," where a child is gradually fed an increasing (but still tiny) dose of peanut, from 1 milligram up to 300 milligrams.Full Article