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New treatment could prevent peanut allergies

Posted at 7:41 AM, Nov 19, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-19 07:41:36-05

(NBC) - A promising new treatment could help people with peanut allergies.

Researchers say giving people small amounts of peanut powder each day can desensitize them to nuts over time.

Two-thirds of patients who underwent this treatment were able to tolerate the equivalent of two peanuts per day after one year.

That means they would be protected from a severe reaction if they accidentally ate or were exposed to something with peanuts.

The FDA is expected to approve the treatment late next year.

Courtesy NBC News Channel