A Possible Cure For Peanut Allergies Beginning In Pittsburgh
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October

By Adem Lewis / in , , , , , , , , , , /


LIVING WITH A PEANUT ALLERGY IS NOT EASY. AND THE THERE ISN’T MUCH THAT CAN BE DONE FOR IT MAYBE UNTIL NOW. HEALTH EDITOR DR. MARIA SIMBRA HAS MORE ON WHAT LOCAL DOCTORS AND PATIENTS ARE WORKING ON THAT COULD BE A TREATMENT FOR PEANUT ALLERGIES. Reporter: ENGINEER STUDENT JACOB PALASCOWSKI HAS BEENALLERGIC TO PEANUTS AS LONG AS HE COULD REMEMBER. ONE OF MY SIFT HERS PEANUT ICE CREME AND SHE WAS SITTING NEXT TO ME AND THAT SIDE OF MY FACE SWELLED UP AND I WAS YOUNG AND THE DOCTOR SAID WELL, WE WILL TEST YOU BUT WE ARE SURE YOU HAVE AN ALLERGY. Reporter: NO PEANUTS IN HUSBAND HOUSEHOLD AND HE SAT AT NO PETE IN YOU — PEANUT TABLE AND ALWAYS CARE YEAS EPI. EN 20% OF CHILDREN WHO HAVE PEANUT ALLERGY WILL OUTGROW IT AND THE TREATMENT IS STRCT AVOIDANCE STAY AWAY FROM POTENTIAL TRIGGERS AND CARRY AN PEN IN CASE YOU ARE EXPOSED SO YOU CAN TREAT IT. THERE’S REALLY A BIG NEED TO HAVE SOME KIND OF ACTIVE THERAPY. Reporter: THERE ARE NO PEANUT ALLERGY SHOTS TO DESENSITIZE SOMEONE AS FOR OTHER TYPES OF ALLERGIES. WE DO SHOTS FOR TREE POLLEN OR DUST MIGHT ALLERGY AND SHOTS ARE NOT SAFE TO DO WITH FOODS RUSHES WHEN JACOB WAS NOTIFIED — Reporter: WHEN JACOB WAS NOTIFIED ABOUT A STUDY TO TEST FOR CURE HE WENT FOR IT. I GOT AN E-MAIL AND I THOUGHT ABOUT IT FOR A COUPLE DAYS AND I DECIDED TO GO WITH IT BECAUSE IT WAS REALLY GREAT OPPORTUNITY — IT WAS A REALLY GREAT OPPORTUNITY AND TOO GOOD TO PAST DOWN. Reporter: IT DOESN’T VOLUME SHOTS OR TABLETS BUT A PATCH THAT’S POSES YOU TO THE PEANUT ALLERGEN CONTINUALLY. THEY WEAR THE PATCH FOR A YEAR AND WE BRING THEM BACK AND SEE IF THEY CAN EAT MORE THAN AT THE BEGINNING. Reporter: THE FIRST ORDER OF BUSINESS IS A DOUBLE BLIND PLACEBO CONTROLLED FOOD CHALLENGE. PATIENTS ARE GIVEN A PUDDING CONTAINING PEANUTS OR PLACEBO. IF THEY REACT TO THE PEANUT PUDDING AND NOT THE PLACEBO, THEY CAN BE IN THE STUDY. AFTER A COUPLE SPOONFULS I COULD TELL THAT IT WAS THE PEANUT ONE I GAVE IT THE EPI PEN TO MYSELF IT WAS SCARRY. I THINK THE HARDEST PART IS THE INITIAL CHALLENGE. Reporter: THEY TOLERATE THE PATCH BETTER MAYBE A LITTLE REDNESS AND ITCHING BUT IT GOES AWAY. THE PATCH IS IN THE THIRD YEAR OF STUDY WITH ENCOURAGING RESULTS. THE NEXT PHASE IS STARTING FOR CHILDREN AGES 6 TO 11. AND IF ALL GOES WELL IT’S ON THE FAST TRACK TO FDA APPROVAL. THIS IS LIKELY NOT A THERAPY THAT WILL ALLOW KIDS TO EAT A PEANUT BUTTER SANDWICH BUT WILL GIVE THEM A BUFFER SO THEY HAVE SOME PROTECTION AND IF THEY GET AN ACCIDENTAL EXPOSURE. CLEARLY A. BIG DEMAND FOR IT AND THERE ARE A LOT OF PEOPLE GOING TO BE INTERESTED IN IT. I THINK THE QUESTION OF INSURANCE COVERAGE AND PRICING ARE STILL TO BE DETERMINED. I HOPE IT WORKS FOR ME AND FOR PEOPLE WITH ALL KINDS OF ALLERGIES TOO.


9 thoughts on “A Possible Cure For Peanut Allergies Beginning In Pittsburgh

  1. I also have a sever peanut allergy and I have been to the emergency room to and also I carry an ovicure

  2. this better work quick all i ever wanted to do was join the navy and im being told that i cant because of my peanut allery

  3. I’m allergic to over a hundred things, including all trees, all grasses and all peanuts. I believe whoever isn’t allergic should value it.

  4. I had an allergic reaction when I was younger,I was rushed into hospital and nearly died(nut allergy) hopefully we will find a cure😊

  5. I have a severe peanut allergy and it’s pretty easy to avoid I carry 2 epipens and just don’t eat at ice cream places or bakery’s or buffets there all risky for cross contamination read labels of all food you eat too

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