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Oral immunotherapy may help overcome peanut allergy

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ONALASKA, Wisconsin (WXOW) – Peanuts are in almost everything, from candy bars to egg rolls.

But findings show there may be a way for kids overcome the allergy.

British researchers are looking into oral immunotherapy.

It's a treatment that involves feeding allergic kids tiny amounts of powdered peanuts over the course of a few months.

The amount the child ingests increases overtime, .eventually building up his or her immunity.

Doctors are still studying its effectiveness.

"The other problem is the sustainability of the tolerance. What happens once this course is completed and they stop consuming the protein in question," said Dr. Demetri Theodoropoulos of Allergy Associates of La Crosse.

Dr. Theodoropoulos said risks of the treatment may include itching or hives around the mouth, or more intense effects like wheezing and trouble breathing.

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