Researchers at Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE) estimate that about 15 million Americans and 17 million Europeans have food allergies and those numbers are only growing. Food allergies among children have increased by 50% between 1997 and 2011. Why? No one is quite sure.
What we do know is that no two food allergies are the same. Peanuts may cause one child to have an itchy mouth and another to go into anaphylaxis. Every 3 minutes someone is sent to the emergency room for a food allergy reaction. And there is no cure for food allergies! However, researchers have started developing a skin patch aiming to treat peanut allergies (one of the most common and lifelong food allergies). How does it work? The wearable patch delivers small amounts of peanut protein through the skin. This is one of the most promising treatments to date showing to be safe and well-tolerated.
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