The Most Common Food Allergy Could Disappear in 2019 With This Patch
Kid's with peanut allergies might finally get the treatment they need come 2019. Peanut allergies are the most common food allergy among kids, and have been on the rise over the last decade. The market for treatment is huge, and could eventually reach around $3 billion in total sales. The treatments aren't a cure, but do reduce the risk of a dangerous allergic reaction to peanuts.
There are two new types of treatments. One comes in a pill form, and one comes in something that might seem odd to some. It's a small circular patch that sticks to your back and is around the size of a quarter. What does it do? According to Business Insider -
It's a small circular sticker on his back, around the size of a quarter that contains the allergen - peanuts. The patch is part of a growing trend that aims to use triggers like peanuts to help those with allergies. The aim is to desensitize them and act like a kind of guard rail against accidental exposure.
It might seem like the opposite of what you're supposed to do with an allergy, which is avoid exposure, but doctors have found that controlled exposure, called immunotherapy is helping patients with their allergies.
It looks like the end of peanut allergies in kids might be closer than we all thought.