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Researchers discover egg allergy treatment

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Researchers have developed a way to ‘tame’ egg allergy by gradually giving children increased quantities over time.

Researchers have developed a way to ‘tame’ egg allergy by gradually giving children increased quantities over time.

The authors studied seven children between one and seven years of age with a history of allergic reactions, but not anaphylaxis, when they ate eggs or egg products.

The children were given small daily doses of powdered egg mixed with food in a bid to increase their tolerance and protect them from accidental consumption.

After two years, all of the children could tolerate more egg protein than that found in the typical accidental exposure and two were able to eat two scrambled eggs without a reaction.

Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (2006) Online publication: DOI: 10.1016/j.jaci.2006.09.016.

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