Can You Cure Multiple Food Allergies in Kids?
A recent research study has shown promising results concerning the treatment of multiple food allergies in kids.
About 30 percent of people that have food allergies are allergic to multiple foods, which, according to experts, increases the risk of exposure to a trigger. This also results in a higher risk of anaphylaxis – a life-threatening allergic reaction.
Food allergies in kids cannot be cured. The only way to prevent the symptoms is to avoid the foods you have reactions to. However, this may quite challenging, since a lot of trigger foods (e.g. eggs, nuts, milk, etc.) are contained in other food products.
Multiple food allergies can significantly interfere with your quality of life. Apart from unpleasant to life-threatening symptoms, they can also negatively affect the social and economic aspects.
The study mentioned earlier included around 50 children of 4 to 15 years of age. They were allergic to various food triggers, such as peanuts and other tree nuts, milk, eggs, soy, wheat or sesame. The participants were randomly divided into two groups. The first group received the treatment combining immunotherapy and the asthma medication omalizumab (sold as Xolair), while the kids in the second group were treated with immunotherapy and a placebo. The treatment involved taking the medication, or a placebo, for two months before immunotherapy, for two months together with immunotherapy, and then receiving immunotherapy for five months without the drug.
Immunotherapy is a procedure that implies receiving tiny doses of the allergy trigger foods. The dosage increases gradually from one session to another until the moment when a patient can eat the food without getting an allergic reaction.
The research shows that omalizumab helps to make the process of desensitization go faster, and it does not provide any harmful side effects. Specialists believe that these findings may provide a new approach to the treatment of food allergies in kids.
In the first group, over 80 percent of children could resist a small dose of two different allergens, whereas in the second one, only 30 percent of children didn’t react to the triggers.
The researchers saw significant improvements concerning the allergies in children that were treated with omalizumab and food immunotherapy. The desensitization process went faster in kids who were taking the real medication. Besides, these kids also experienced less problems with digestion and breathing.
The results of the study are still at the preliminary stage and further research is required to confirm them. However, based on the findings, the suggested combination of immunotherapy and omalizumab might actually help children with food allergies get desensitized to their triggers in a safer and faster way.
The children who took part in the study and their families were satisfied with the results. After the research, the kids were able to eat more foods and take part in more social activities without worrying about potential allergy attacks.