You may not be too crazy about ingesting peanut butter with all of the salmonella scares and recalls of anything containing any trace of the notorious nut, but there are some people in the world who would love to enjoy a PB amp; J sandwich. Or at least they’d like to be able to breathe easier knowing that peanut particles that make their way into supposedly nut-free foods or that float around in the air on airplanes aren’t going to kill them.
These terrifying worries may soon be a thing of the past, because CBS News has reported that there’s been a breakthrough in the study of treatment for peanut allergies.
It’s pretty terrifying to imagine being allergic to something so small and so common in our food, but there are millions of people in the world suffer from peanut allergies. The effects that peanuts have on allergy sufferers are pretty frightening; they induce anaphylactic shock, which causes the airway to close up and makes it difficult to breathe. In some cases, if the sufferer isn’t treated promptly, they can die.
Before I go any further with this article and reveal the method of treatment that doctors are using for this allergy, I must point out that readers should UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES TRY THIS ON THEIR OWN. This method of treatment has only been tested under the care of doctors who are prepared to cope with any problems that may arise from it.
That being said, the method of treatment is fairly simple: sufferers are first given the smallest dose of peanut flour. This dosage is slowly increased by small amounts until the allergy sufferer is eating a few peanuts a day. Once they reach this level of tolerance, they must eat them every day to keep their resistance up. It’s absolutely amazing that such a simplistic method has been effective in treating something so deadly.
Once again, it’s important that no one attempts to treat their allergies using this method on their own. Levels of allergies vary, and there are some suffers out there who are so sensitive to peanuts, it would be very easy for them to end up in trouble if they were to try this.
Researchers are still trying to answer a few questions they have about this form of treatment, but it could prove effective for treating other types of allergies, as well. For now, it’s best for peanut allergy sufferers to sit tight and avoid all products containing the nuts (something many Americans are doing, anyway) until this method of treatment is perfected. But it’s great to know that there’s hope for all of the moms out there who have to fear their child switching their lunch at school for something their classmate has that might be deadly.