Xolair May Treat Milk Allergy in Kids
Study Shows Xolair May Be Effective for Children Who Are Severely Allergic to Milk
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“It’s life changing,” says study researcher Dale Umetsu, MD, PhD, the Prince Turki al Saud Professor of Pediatrics in the division of immunology at Children’s Hospital Boston. “Now they can eat pizza and ice cream with their friends. It’s a very important change to their lifestyle.”
Umetsu notes that all the children in the study had very severe allergies. On lab tests which rank how allergic someone is to a given substance on a scale from 1 to 100, with 100 being the most severe, the average score for participants was about 90.
Genentech, the company that makes Xolair, donated the medication for the study, which can cost $500 to $2,000 a month.
Outgrowing Allergies Without Medication
In another study presented at the meeting -- the first to follow kids allergic to milk and watch what happens as they grow -- researchers tracked 244 milk-allergic children who ranged in age from 3 months to 15 months.
After 2 1/2 years, 89 had outgrown their allergy, indicating that kids who are allergic to milk as babies and toddlers have about a 40% chance of getting over their sensitivities without any special treatment by the time they’re in grade school.
Researchers noted that children who had very severe eczema, a flaky, itchy skin condition, or a very high score on their allergy tests were less likely than others to outgrow their allergies.