Emily, a British girl of 6, is happier than ever: she can finally eat cake at birthday parties of her friends.
Until now, there is even just a piece of cake can lead to serious consequences: Emily is very peanut allergy whose touches can be found in a lot of food.
Before he could take even 10 milligrams (peanuts), but now he can stand up to 30 times more.
“It's amazing how many foods can contain traces of peanuts, especially those aimed at children, such as cakes, cookies and ice cream,” explains Sophie, Emily's mother.
The girl was able to partially solve her problem thanks to a study in which 500 children between the ages of 4 and 17 from the United Kingdom and the United States participated, which allowed her spawn to this food.
The study was based on the principle of desensitization. This is a procedure that has so far been used with an allergy to pollen or bee stings. The progressive effect of the substance that caused the allergy increased their tolerance.
Thus, they applied the procedure to food: for one year, the children received daily peanut protein in doses that gradually increased.
At the last stage of the study, two thirds of the participants could eat up to two peanuts.
Emily was among the 50% of participants who tolerated food up to 7. SuccessAlthough these quantities seem insignificant for people without allergies, they allow these children to lead an almost normal life.
George du toit, a pediatric specialist and study leader in the United Kingdom, visited the BBC BBC study “The Today Program”, where he said: “The results of this innovative study are very promising and suggest that we can prevent children who are allergic to peanuts reaction after random exposure".
This does not mean that Emily no longer suffers from allergies, but her parents can breathe easily: now she can eat up to seven peanuts without any reaction, so the risk of her serious reaction if she swallows food is accidentally minimized. Something that scared them
“Families live in fear of accidental exposure, because allergic reactions can be very serious and can even be cause death“, Says Du Toit.
This is confirmed by Emily’s mother, who says: “The process was very intense, but Emily had so few side effects that we were sure that they didn’t give her a dose of peanuts, but a placebo.”
He adds: "We are jubilant, this research has changed our lives, now we have a freedom that we never had."
When they ask Emily what cake she wants for her birthday, she understands: "A lot of cakes of different tastes."
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