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Understanding Peanut Allergies and Breakthroughs in Treatment

Article by Pnut King

Understanding Peanut Allergies and Breakthroughs in Treatment

Published on 11/08/2023 in Peanut News

Peanut allergies are a potentially fatal condition, affecting 6.1 million Americans.

They occur when your immune system identifies peanut proteins as something harmful, causing you to release symptom-causing chemicals into your bloodstream. 

You can be exposed to peanuts through direct contact with the nut itself, cross-contact with a product that has been near peanuts, or inhalation of peanut dust or aerosols containing peanuts. It’s unclear why some people develop this type of allergy whilst others don’t. But for those that do, it can be a serious issue. The most common treatment for a peanut allergy is simply avoiding any form of contact. 

But researchers are continuing to study different types of treatments and therapies to help people overcome this potentially debilitating condition.