Overcoming peanut allergy requires maintenance for most

Overcoming peanut allergy requires maintenance for most

In small study, nearly all people who stopped eating the legumes daily later experienced allergic reaction

By Nathan Seppa, 15:11 PM February 4, 2014

Peanut allergy is proving a tough nut to crack. Many people seem able to overcome the allergy by consuming tiny-but-increasing amounts of the legume daily for months or years. But the protection often evaporates if they fail to keep eating peanuts regularly, a new study shows. Twenty people with the allergy could eat a handful of peanuts after two years of bit-by-bit consumption, but 17 of them relapsed after avoiding peanuts for several months and then trying to eat some.

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