What you need to know about ‘game changer’ food allergy drug | Science & Technology

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Experts have answers for you about a new drug that can treat food allergies.

When your child is allergic to peanuts, every birthday party or meal out is stressful. Will there be peanuts in the cake or cookies? What menu options are peanut free? What if she accidentally eats something she shouldn’t?

Finally, some relief has arrived with the drug omalizumab (brand name Xolair), commonly used to treat asthma, nasal polyps, and hives. A new study in the New England Journal of Medicine found that omalizumab prevented severe reactions in people with food allergies.

Katherine Tuttle and Emily Weis, allergy clinical directors at Golisano Children’s Hospital and Strong Memorial Hospital, say the drug is a game changer.

Here, they share the pros, cons, and potential long-term effects of this treatment:

Preventing life-threatening reactions

Approximately 8% of US children and 10% of adults live with food allergies…

Source www.futurity.org

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