New 'breakthrough' study for peanut allergy patients praised by Rochester doctors

The University of Rochester Medical Center is taking part in the nationwide study to help determine if peanut protein capsules can help people with allergies build up a tolerance. (WHAM file photo)

(WHAM) - A new study is hailing a major breakthrough for those who suffer from peanut allergies.

The University of Rochester Medical Center is taking part in the nationwide study to help determine if peanut protein capsules can help people with allergies build up a tolerance.

An initial study of 500 people who had peanut allergies showed that 2/3 of the patients were able to tolerate up to four peanuts after taking the capsules for a year.

Doctors with URMC said they are now pushing to have those capsules certified by the FDA.

"It certainly makes a big difference for their lifestyle, knowing they would not be reactive to certain amounts of peanut protein and particularly not have severe reactions upon those exposures,” said Dr. Kirsi Jarvinen-Seppo, who works at the Center for Food Allergies at Golisano Children's Hospital.

URMC doctors said similar studies are being conducted to help those who have allergies to milk, wheat and eggs.

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