Peanut allergy treatment in Utah finding success

In the western United States, there are only five physicians trained to deliver a new peanut allergy treatment, and only one of those five is in Utah.

Dr. Douglas Jones, of Layton, Utah, offers the graduated exposure treatment developed by the NHS Addenbrookes Hospital in Cambridge and Stanford Universities.

The treatment, which we've discussed before here, is new and proving effective. One case in Jones' Utah clinic took a seven-year-old boy from extreme peanut and tree nut allergic reactions to being able to eat peanut M&Ms without fear.

Treatment time-intensive but effective

The epigenetic change to allow this boy to go from extreme reaction to no reaction took months.

"This treatment is done over several months and includes a carefully calculated regimen," Jones said in an interview with a local paper. "It is not something to be taken lightly at all and we have emergency plans in place. We are very strict with our protocol and demand compliance with our patients to provide for the best opportunity for success."

In this particular case, the timing was about six months of office- and home-administered dosages of peanut powder amid constant monitoring of the boy's reaction. The boy's allergy to peanuts is still there, but it is largely contained, allowing him to do things he's never done before, like eat in restaurants without fear. He will begin tree nut allergy treatments soon, and his older sister will do the same.

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