Getting rid of any type of allergy can be really difficult, and in some cases impossible at all – however, not all researchers agree with this. Today, a new article by nutritional researchers from the United States, which appeared in the latest issue of The Lancet scientific journal, illustrated the potential of an alternative therapy. The article is about administering a small amount of the allergen for a long time in relation to people suffering from allergies – this practice is quite common, but after the presented article, scientists will probably look at it differently.
The fact is that the presented meta-study covers a period of several months and focuses on the data index of more than 1000 people in 12 different groups. Basically, in relation to them, the so-called peanut oral therapy was used, which implied gradual and slight administration of the allergen in order to increase the body's resistance to it.
Contrary to the preliminary results and the expectations of experts that such an approach would reduce the allergic reaction in the future, in fact, this approach to the treatment of allergies, on the contrary, further lowered the threshold of allergic reactions in patients. For some, it even caused such strong allergic reactions as anaphylactic shock. Thus, the presented meta-study does not indicate the failure of this approach as such, but only the need to revise its technical and medical basis, thereby improving the final consequences and results for the patients themselves.
It is worth noting the fact that oral anti-allergic immunotherapy is becoming more and more common and even seems to be useful – until a similar attempt is made to deal with all the features of this type of immunotherapy in a more detailed way. Of course, for the time being, it remains to wait for the final results, taking into account corrections and improvements by specialists.