Early peanut exposure may prevent allergy in high-risk children Medical News Today

February 24, 2015 12:14 PM

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Early peanut exposure may prevent allergy in high-risk children Medical News Today

The new study - the first trial to show that consumption of a food is an effective strategy to prevent allergy to it - appears to contradict the idea that children should avoid eating peanuts so they do not develop peanut allergy.

The rate of food allergy has climbed steadily in recent decades. Peanut allergy affects 1-3% of children in the US, Western Europe and Australia, and evidence has emerged that it is also beginning to affect children in Asia and Africa.

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