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Progress Against Peanut Allergies

Oral Immunotherapy May Desensitize Allergic Children; Skin Test May Predict Who Will Outgrow

The Remission Study continued...

"If the skin prick wheal is greater than 6 millimeters before 2 years of age, they are 1.5 times less likely to become tolerant," she tells WebMD.

The severity of the initial reaction, however, did not predict tolerance. "Kids with severe initial reactions are as likely to outgrow it," she says, as those whose first reaction was milder.

The results offer valuable information not just for parents whose children do outgrow it, she says, but also for those whose children are not likely to and therefore may need closer follow-up.

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