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PostSubject: Egg allergies can be treated with egg   Fri Jul 20, 2012 1:34 pm


Egg allergies can be treated with egg

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Giving children with egg allergies increasingly higher doses of the very food they are allergic to can eliminate or ease reactions in most of them,according to results from a study conducted at Johns Hopkins Childrens Center.The research findings,published in The New England Journal of Medicine,add to a growing body of evidence showing that feeding escalating doses of a food an approach known as oral immunotherapy can,over time,condition the immune system to tolerate the food with minimal or no reactions.Recent,smaller studies conducted at JohnsHopkinsandelsewherehaveshownthe approach can also be useful in treating children allergic to milk and peanuts.

The researchers say the results are promising but caution that,at present,oral immunotherapy is still considered experimental and should not be used outside of a strictly controlled research protocol.

Morethanaquarterofthechildreninour studylosttheireggallergiesaltogether,butwe also saw dramatic improvements in those who didnt,which in and of itself is an important therapeutic achievement, says Robert Wood,director of allergy and immunology at Johns Hopkins Childrens Center.

These children went from having serious allergic reactions after a single bite of an eggcontaining cookie to consuming eggs with minimal or no symptoms.

The children who were cured could eat eggs without symptoms as frequently or as infrequently as they chose without any symptoms
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