British trials of a potential cure for peanut allergies have been announced.
More than 100 children will take place in the experimental treatment which exposes the sufferer to a tiny amount of peanut flour in order to “build up” their tolerance to the potentially deadly allergen.
A £1m grant from the National Institute for Health Research has funded the trials which build upon successful research published a year ago in which 21 of 23 children treated for peanut allergy showed greater tolerance levels over a six-month period.
Andrew Clark, a consultant in paediatric allergy who leads the project, said: “The families involved say that it’s changed their lives.
“Before they were checking every food label every time they ate food. They would worry it would cause a reaction or even kill them, but now they can go out and eat curries and Chinese food.
“I think in two or three years time we will be in a position where we have a treatment that works but we are still working on a long-term cure.”
Peanut allergy affects 2% of British children who suffer varying degrees of severity of the condition ranging from mild itching to breathing difficulties and anaphylaxis.