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New study: Can you prevent peanut allergy?

Contributed by Don McNeil, M.D. A recently sponsored expert panel from the NIH published the 2010 Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Peanut Allergy in the United States recommends the early introduction of peanut containing foods to prevent peanut allergies. This came about because, currently, there is no means of treating peanut allergy which […]

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Contributed by Don McNeil, M.D.

A recently sponsored expert panel from the NIH published the 2010 Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Peanut Allergy in the United States recommends the early introduction of peanut containing foods to prevent peanut allergies.

This came about because, currently, there is no means of treating peanut allergy which may persist into adult life.

There are 3 guidelines:

  1. Infants at high risk of eczema and/or egg allergy should have peanut introduced at 4 to 6 months age. These children should also be introduced to solid food at the same time. They may require evaluation by an allergist for consideration of either skin or blood testing beforehand or an oral food challenge.
  2. Children with mild to moderate eczema should be exposed to peanut at age 6 months.
  3. Children without eczema or other food allergy may have peanut at any time.

The trial results (LEAP study) determined that peanut consumption for five years for high-risk infants resulted in an 81% reduction of peanut allergy.

This study is accessible on the  NIAID Food Allergy guidelines web page.

Midwest Allergy

The expert doctors at Midwest Allergy can help you manage a peanut allergy. We can also discuss the results of this study with patients. Make an appointment online today.

Reference:  Togias et al. Addendum Guidelines for prevention of peanut allergy in the United States:        Report of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. DOI:10.1016/j.jaci 2016. 10.010(2017)

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