New studies provide hope (but no cure) for peanut allergy sufferers

February 25, 2015 11:05 PM

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New studies provide hope (but no cure) for peanut allergy sufferers

Six hours after eating a peanut-butter sandwich, Austin's father planted a wet one on the two-year old's face and instantly, Austin's lip began to swell.

The toddler was rushed to the hospital, where he was given an Epi-pen, and referred to an allergist who diagnosed him with a peanut, tree nut and egg allergy. Although he eventually grew out of the others, the mere smell of a peanut could cause him to break out in hives, or worse, stop breathing.

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