Going nuts for the peanut-allergy cure


Peanut butter, a favorite spread of many, is found in foodstuffs from candy to sandwiches. However, those who are allergic may never get to make the choice between creamy and crunchy (Photo Credit: Bridgette Conniff).

In the near future, many people could be biding their peanut allergy adieu, according to recent research published in The New England Journal of Medicine. These new studies have shown that infants who regularly consume peanuts for at least four years are less likely to develop a peanut allergy than infants who completely avoid peanuts. The results revealed about an 81% decrease in the amount of peanut allergies in the children tested.

Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease Anthony Fauci is ecstatic about these recent developments.

“The results have the potential to transform how we approach food allergy prevention,” Fauci told USA Today.

According to USA Today, the development of peanut allergies has doubled within the past decade. This possible peanut-allergy cure could greatly lower the amount of peanut allergies in the future.

Senior Ryan Jeannotte says that having a peanut allergy does not completely hinder her lifestyle but it can be annoying to deal with.

“I wish this cure was around when I was a baby because I would do anything to have peanut butter,” said Jeannotte. “I hate missing out on certain foods.”

Junior Julia Shaw also wishes there was a peanut-allergy cure for her. Shaw has a very severe airborne allergy to peanuts, and it definitely affects her everyday life.

“In middle school, I had to sit at a peanut-free table,” said Shaw. “It made me feel like such a loner.”

Shaw was always very careful about her peanut allergy after witnessing her sister, who has an airborne allergy, have a very serious reaction.

“[My sister] was taken away in an ambulance, and it scarred me for life,” said Shaw. “It’s so scary that something as small as a peanut could potentially kill someone.”

Shaw is very excited to hear about a possible cure and hopes that future generations do not have to deal with peanut allergies.

“I always have to be so careful about what I eat,” said Shaw. “I hope people in the future don’t have to worry about a peanut allergy, like I do.”