New Peanut Allergy Treatment May Prevent Reaction for up to 4 Years

UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — A new treatment may hold the key to curing kids of peanut allergies.

Scientists in Australia carried out a medical trial in which kids were given an oral probiotic containing a peanut protein every day for a year and a half.

A month later, 80 percent of the kids could eat peanuts without any reactions.

The effects of the treatment lasted for four years for 70 percent of the children.

According to a new study published in the journal, Lancet Child & Adolescent Health, the therapy trained the children’s immune systems to accept the peanut allergen instead of reacting to it as an invader.

Study leader Mim Tang said this marked the first time a peanut allergy treatment proved effective for such a long period of time.

According to The Independent, around 1 percent of the world’s population is allergic to peanuts. It’s the leading cause of food-related anaphylaxis death in Western nations.