One of the most terrible allergies that have shaken the world in a massive way is caused by nuts, precisely, peanuts. Speaking of numbers, peanut allergy affected 1 in 125 children in 2002. However, there is now 1 in every 17 children (over 1 million in the USA) suffering from “peanut allergy.”
To tell you the truth about the natural remedies available to patients suffering from nut allergy, unfortunately, there are none. However, scientists and herbal medicine experts have been tirelessly working towards getting the ultimate formula to cure the allergy. That doesn’t mean that it can’t be prevented or controlled.
Good news, on the other hand, is that the new research that was conducted recently suggested that peanut allergy can be cured naturally by peanut itself. It stated that if you give kids with peanut allergies small doses of peanut flour, eventually they can safely eat peanuts again. The experimental immunotherapy has already proven effective at a mind-boggling 80% success rate.
Andrew Clark of Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge, UK, who co-led the team that developed the treatment, reportedly said, “We’ve shown fantastic results, with 80 to 90 per cent of children being able to tolerate eating peanuts regularly after treatment.”
Before this, the only option to stay away from the allergic reaction was to avoid eating nut contained food or to avoid any sort of contact with them. Moreover, most of the doctors also regularly prescribe an injectable product that is known as epinephrine as well as tell patients to make sure he/she always has a supply of antihistamines, if in case he/she has any allergic reaction to nut.
Also, prior to the immunotherapy, among the most noted researches seeking cure for peanut allergy, a Chinese herbal formula FAHF-2 (Food Allergy Herbal Formula) is also underway.
Privately funded research on FAHF-2 has been tested in a mouse model in well-designed studies at reputable U.S. institutions (Mount Sinai and Johns Hopkins). They found that the formula protected mice from allergic reactions from peanuts. Eventually, the FAHF-2 has been given a green light for human trial. The trial is testing the safety and effectiveness of the remedy for a variety of food allergies including peanut, tree nut, fish and shellfish.
Let us hope that the natural formula to treat peanut allergy might find its way to the medical stores soon. However, immunotherapy is the most natural cure that one can get.
Note: Immunotherapy should be conducted only under the guidance of the expert.
Peanut allergy is uncommon but devastating. Even a tiny trace of peanut can cause an anaphylactic reaction and death. Thus, patients with such allergy should take utmost care of what they eat and where they eat.
In the meantime, you can check out these few preventive measures:
-Avoid foods that may contain nuts.
-Always check food labels, even for products you know, as ingredients can change.
-Avoid foods with unknown ingredients.
-Don’t eat from buffets as it is most of the times cross contaminated.
-Take your own snacks or lunches to parties or picnics or an outdoor get-togethers.
-Everyone in your family and friends circle should know your food allergy.
-Avoid foods with the label Arachis as it is an alternative term for peanut.
-Do not give nuts or food containing nuts to your child before the age of three.
-Be aware that if you have a peanut allergy you might also react to some vegetables, legumes like soy, green beans, kidney beans, baked beans and green peas because these foods contain similar allergens to peanuts.
-Be aware that alcohol can make an allergic reaction stronger.