Peanut allergy: one in five children achieved lasting remission after oral immunotherapy, study reportsBMJ 2022; 376 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.o164 (Published 21 January 2022) Cite this as: BMJ 2022;376:o164
- Elisabeth Mahase
- The BMJ
Seven in 10 young children with peanut allergy achieved desensitisation after two and a half years of treatment with immunotherapy, a US trial has reported,1 although the effect waned over time, with just one in five still in remission 26 weeks after treatment ended.
Peanut allergies affect 2% of children in western countries and are one of the most common causes of food related deaths in the UK. Standard care is dietary avoidance and access to self-injectable adrenaline (epinephrine), although a new treatment called Palforzia, containing peanut protein powder, was recently made available to about 600 children in England.2 …