A skin patch to cure allergies?
London: Scientists claim to have achieved
a breakthrough by developing a revolutionary skin patch which
can cure people of life-threatening allergies.
A French team, which has already successfully
tested the new patch against cow`s milk allergies in children,
claims that experiments are now going on in the US and Britain
to check whether the device could actually prevent reactions
to nuts in kids and adults.
In fact, according to the scientists, the allergy
patch works by releasing minute doses of the allergen which
causes the reaction into the immune system through the skin
desensitising the sufferer.
"It`s a completely novel method of treating allergies.
It will be a very easy treatment to administer, it is safe and
possible to treat both adults and children, who will be able
to lead a normal life," a newspaper quoted Dr Pierre-
Henri Benhamou, one of its two French inventors, as saying.
In fact, in their successful experiment of
the device against cow`s milk allergy, the scientists placed
a milk-containing patch on dairy-allergic patients every other
day for nearly three months.
The findings revealed that the patients were able
to consume, on average, 12 times more milk without a reaction
than they could before the treatment. Cow`s milk allergy is
the most common in young kids.
The French scientists, who have now formed a company,
say that if the clinical trials on a comparable peanut allergy
patch are successful, then the device would help desensitise
patients allergic to peanuts.
First Published: Sunday, May 29, 2011, 00:00
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