Food allergies suck. Whether you suffer from a severe allergy or a mild one, the fact of the matter is that they're really frustrating and often times scary. It's stressful to constantly have to double check ingredients and to make sure you don't ingest something that could be harmful to your body. It's scary when you break out in hives or your throat closes up or you feel nauseated.
FOOD ALLERGIES ARE ABSOLUTELY NO FUN.
So wouldn't it be wonderful if someone told you that you could potentially get rid of your food allergy? For those who deal with a food allergy, this would be good news, right?
Well, it's not too far off from happening, at least when it comes to peanut allergies.
An exciting new study reveals that there is a possible peanut allergy remedy.The new remedy poses both hope and risks. So, before you start guzzling peanuts, take a look...
The New England Journal of Medicine published a study last week about the peanut remedy.
Is this the beginning of the end for peanut allergies? Two-thirds of children with who took this promising new med… https://t.co/jjP05JPoSI— Bloomberg Opinion (@Bloomberg Opinion)1542657705.0
There is hope!If approved by the U.S. government, it could make the lives of kids who suffer peanut allergies both safer and easier. The medicine could have huge commercial potential.
While the treatment, from Biotechnology company Aimmune, is exciting, there are side effects.The treatment doesn't target the root of the problem. It's not an antibody. In actuality, Aimmune has taken a pre-existing allergy protection method and exposes children to de-fatted peanut flour to desensitize them.
Aimmune creates capsules that can then be mixed into food.The dosage of the medicine increases over six months. The goal is to protect those with the most severe reactions.
The study showed that this is very effective for children with peanut allergies.The whole point is for the treatment to protect those against deadly exposure to peanuts. Those with peanut allergies could then potentially live a less fearful life, constantly on edge about accidentally eating something that could be fatal.
Peanut allergies are also getting more and more common in America.A recent study suggested that there has been a 21 percent increase in peanut allergies since 2010.
The treatment isn't the easiest thing to go through, however.Over 10 percent of children in the study had to drop out due to their side effects from the medicine.
Investors worry that the side effects could limit the commercial opportunity.Though it's not without fault, it's an exciting step for science and health. Hope is some of the best medicine out there.
So why exactly is a peanut allergy so stressful?Well, for one, it's not just that you have to worry about eating peanuts. You have to be careful with products like soap, makeup, and deodorant.
You also have to diligently read every single label.Who wants to spend their time reading labels? Besides being afraid for your life, you have to read everything before ingesting it.
Having to ask your waiter about ingredients is also tiresome.It's hard to not feel bad about it, either. It's easy to feel like you're annoying them, even though you have to be diligent.
Packaging can make a huge difference.
@mmschocolate changing the color on your packaging for Halloween candy is dangerous! My son has a peanut allergy a… https://t.co/KgnbArtzeY— Nicolas Bellenbaum (@Nicolas Bellenbaum)1541896004.0
Targeted advertising isn't always the most accurate...
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The worst part is, you can develop a peanut allergy later in life.
The most random things can contain peanuts.
Luckily, there are options out there if you have to avoid peanuts.
Having a severe allergy makes you hyper-aware of what you're putting into your body.
I've noticed most people eat stuff and have no clue what's in it. Being the allergy kid, I always have to ask for… https://t.co/BDpPa0zwJm— Molasses 🇬🇩 (@Molasses 🇬🇩)1517314558.0
It's important to be really careful when reading ingredient lists as well.
@AldiUK URGENT nut allergy risk - Specially Selected Pesto incorrectly labelled - nuts not in BOLD on ingredients… https://t.co/zuVgcOOYLt— Craig F (@Craig F)1518871074.0
It's also super hard to be vegan or vegetarian with a nut allergy.For those with meatless diets, nuts are an excellent source of protein. Nuts are used in tons of vegan and vegetarian recipes.
It's also so annoying for people to look at you and say, "Can I eat this near you?"Nobody wants to have that question constantly asked. It puts you on the spot and makes you feel like you're being a total inconvenience.
And while there is nothing fun about a peanut allergy, there is actually a very helpful community on the internet for people who can't eat peanuts.See?! The internet isn't all bad! There's actually an entire subreddit dedicated to all things peanut allergy.
People post all sorts of things, too. Like different products that help with peanut allergies.