New skin patch to the rescue for kids with peanut allergy

A new US study finds a skin patch may help children allergic to peanuts by delivering small doses of its protein


A new US study published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology has found that a skin patch might help children with a peanut allergy. It helps the kids to gain immunity to the allergy by administering small doses of its protein. Though the findings are promising, more research into the therapy is needed.

It has been found that nearly half of those children who were treated with the Viaskin Peanut patch for a year consumed at least 10 times more peanut protein than before they started the treatment.

Those aged between 4 to 11 years showed biggest benefit, but the participants aged over 12 did not witness much change.

“The therapy works by training the immune system to tolerate small amounts of peanuts,” said Dr Daniel Rotrosen of the National Institute of allergy and Infectious Diseases, which is part of the National Institutes of Health, which funds the clinical trial.

“Other recent advances have relied on an oral route that appears difficult for approximately 10 to 15% of children and adults to tolerate,” Rotrosen added.

Although, the immunotherapy treatment is found to be ‘potentially effective’, it warned that the study is limited.

Further exploration is needed to find ‘if the modest clinical changes noted will be enhanced after a longer duration of therapy’ the study stated. Those long-term results should be available in the future as the trial is continuing

Source: Irish Examiner