A recent study at Stanford School of Medicine shows that temporarily using a drug can lower IgE classical allergy reactions to milk during oral desensitisation treatment, lowering the reactions for long enough for the therapy to work. Previously, this has been an issue because people react to the oral challenges of an allergen and quit the trials.
Whilst I don’t advocate drug therapies very often, nor necessarily want people to eat a food I consider wrong for us, it is a good idea, of course, to get IgE allergy reactions sorted to prevent potentially life-threatening incidents from accidental exposure. So, this is potentially good news. The researchers are looking at doing the same with peanut allergy next.
Read the study here:
- Milk allergy treated with desensitization (seattletimes.nwsource.com)