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'Egg Therapy' May Help Allergic Kids

Experimental Treatment Could Desensitize Children With Food Allergies

Some Could Not Tolerate Treatment

Most children with food allergies show symptoms by age 3, but many outgrow these allergies by the time they reach school age.

For those who don't, food allergies can persist into early adulthood and may even last a lifetime.

Researcher A. Wesley Burks, who chairs the Department of Pediatrics at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, tells WebMD that an important goal of future research is learning how to identify who will and will not outgrow food allergies early on and who will benefit from oral immunotherapy.

He adds that the fact that four of the children in the study had to drop out because of allergic reactions suggests that the therapy will not work for everyone.

"I think there is probably a small percentage of kids who will not tolerate a treatment like this, and we need to learn how to identify them early on," he says. "But for kids who do respond, this treatment can be life altering."

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