New Therapy For Kids With Egg Allergy

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Updated: 7/23/2012 8:05 am
If a child is allergic to egg, typically it goes away as they get older, but for some children, it's not that easy.

But a new study finds oral-immunotherapy may work to desensitize a majority of children with egg allergy.

University of North Carolina researchers studied 55 children between the ages of 5 and 11.

Forty of them were prescribed to take egg-white powder pills for 4 to 6 weeks as part of an immunotherapy program.

Results show after 10 months 55 percent of the oral-immunotherapy group was able to eat egg and considered desensitized.

After 22 months, 75 percent of children in the oral-immunotherapy group were desensitized.

Researchers say immunotherapy can desensitize a high proportion of kids with egg allergy.

Some pediatric allergists agree.

"They were able to take kids who most likely would not have outgrown the egg allergy without any treatment and induce tolerance," said Dr. Aaron Schroer of Cleveland Clinic.

Complete findings for this study are in the "New England Journal of Medicine."
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