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28 August 2023

Understanding Anaphylaxis- Symptoms, Causes and Treatment

Anaphylaxis is a potentially life-threatening type of allergic reaction that can occur within minutes of exposure to a substance to which an individual is allergic. Timely recognition and treatment of anaphylaxis is crucial because it can rapidly progress to anaphylactic shock, a severe and life-threatening condition. Symptoms of Anaphylaxis The symptoms of anaphylaxis develop rapidly in a matter of minutes. Some of the common signs and symptoms of anaphylaxis include: Hives Swelling of lips, face, and throat Difficulty breathing Nausea, diarrhea, or vomiting Dizziness If you susp...
17 July 2023

A Skin Patch Could Help Allergic Toddlers Tolerate Peanuts

A skin patch is being developed to help toddlers with peanut allergies increase their tolerance to peanuts, based on a recent clinical trial. While the patch is still in the experimental stage and not yet accessible to the public, it offers a potential solution to reduce severe reactions caused by accidental peanut consumption. In the trial, 67% of treated toddlers demonstrated improved tolerance to peanuts compared to 33.5% in the placebo group. Although the patch had some side effects, it brings hope for improved food allergy treatments in the future. A Skin Patch Could Help Allergic To...
17 July 2023

Does Maternal Peanut Consumption Protect against Infant Peanut Allergies?

Background The growing incidence of food allergies within the population is a cause for concern, in which research has focussed on alleviating the issue. The growing incidence of allergies is not only a physical issue but also has social and mental health implications. A new paper describes the outcome of exposing infants to peanuts via breastmilk, that is, by maternal consumption of peanuts during lactation. Introduction Peanut allergy is common in much of the developed world. Many professionals have therefore recommended the early introduction of peanuts into the infant diet, followin...