Peanut Allergy and the LEAP Study by Farheen Mirza, MD
Wed, 01 Jul 2015
Peanut allergies can have a huge impact on childhood and as an Allergist, I see this on a daily basis. Many of my patients have talked to me about the difficulties of watching every single thing they eat or sitting a different table at school. Now, imagine the excitement of a large group of Allergists when we finally learn the results of the LEAP (Learning Early about Peanut Allergy) study published in the New England Journal of Medicine- which gives some pretty insightful clues on how to prevent food allergy in children with risk factors for peanut allergy.

In this study, over 600 children between 4 and 11 months considered high risk for peanut allergy (with severe eczema or egg allergy) were either assigned to a group that were given the equivalent or 6 grams of peanuts in snacks over the week or they were assigned to a group that did not ingest peanut containing food. The two groups (consumption versus avoidance) were then compared to see if there was a difference in which group developed peanut allergy. Seventeen percent of the group that avoided peanuts developed peanut allergies while only 3% of the children in the group that did not avoid peanuts developed peanut allergy. That's a huge difference!

Allergists and other doctors across the world are working hard to come up with recommendations to reflect these amazing findings. Remember- this does not include children who already have peanut allergy. Stay tuned for more exciting developments in the world of peanut allergies.

More information on the LEAP Study.

Farheen Mirza, MD, is a physician with West Suburban Allergy and Asthma with office hours in Hinsdale, Woodridge, and Plainfield. Call 630.861.6680 for more information or to schedule an appointment.

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