Monthly ingestion appears to boost peanut tolerance
Children who outgrow peanut allergy have a slight chance of recurrence, but researchers from the Johns Hopkins Childrens Center report that the risk is much lower in children who frequently eat peanuts or peanut products.
In a study published in the November issue of the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, the Hopkins team recommends that children who outgrow peanut allergy eat concentrated forms of peanut products, such as peanut butter, shelled peanuts or peanut candy, at least once a month in order to maintain tolerance. "The exact mechanism by which peanut allergy may recur is not known, but we know that the children in our study who ate concentrated forms of peanut frequently had a considerably lower chance of having a recurrence of their allergy," says Robert Wood, M.D., the studys senior author and a pediatric allergist at the Johns Hopkins Childrens Center.
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