Traces of nuts: Clinical trial 'cures' peanut allergy in kids

Having a peanut allergy can be fatal condition and there's evidence to show that it is a growing phenomenon around the world.

Australian researchers in 2013 conducted a clinical trial on children, involving an experimental peanut and probiotic combination.

It 'cured' 82% of peanut allergies.

Four years later, 80% of those children can eat peanuts without any complications.

CapeTalk's Kieno Kammies spoke to Professor Mimi Tang, group leader of infection and immunity at Murdoch Children's Research Institute in Melbourne.

Tang says you are probably never born with peanut allergies but you do grow allergic to it quite quickly.

She goes on to say that it is still unclear when the allergy develops.

The theory is that it's happening because people are exposed to peanut during their early life through the skin, rather than eating it, explains Tang.

If you eat something, generally speaking, you will become tolerant to it whereas when you rub it onto inflamed skin, you might actually get an allergic reaction to it.

Mimi Tang, Murdoch Children's Research Institute professor

The introduction of the allergenic food, particularly peanut, in the first year of life can reduce the risk for peanut allergy.

Tang says with the trials, they have been able to eliminate the allergy for at least four years in a proportion of children.

But she does warn that it is not a cure.

Listen to clip below for more:


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