Peanut Allergy Patch

This Feb. 20, 2015 photo shows an arrangement of peanuts in New York. A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine on Wednesday, May 10, 2023, finds an experimental skin patch shows promise to treat toddlers who are highly allergic to peanuts.

WASHINGTON — An experimental skin patch is showing promise to treat toddlers who are highly allergic to peanuts — training their bodies to handle an accidental bite.

Peanut allergy is one of the most common and dangerous food allergies. Parents of allergic tots are constantly on guard against exposures that can turn birthday parties and play dates into emergency room visits.

There is no cure. The only treatment is for children 4 and older who can consume a special peanut powder to protect against a severe reaction.

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