Scientists have now developed a new test, which detects the allergies caused due to peanuts in a different way. The scientists claim that the peanut detection test carries a significantly a lower level of risk. Also, the test is more cost-efficient than the other peanut detection tests available in the market.
The newly discovered allergy test for peanuts is of the skin-prick type. The Medical Research Council waves a green flag for the use of the test for other food allergy detections.
The current food oral challenge involves feeding the patients with a significant quantity of the peanuts. The peanut feeding is conducted under the controlled conditions in the hospital to detect the type of allergy. It may eventually give rise to several allergic reactions. Hence, the researchers proclaim that the new test is safe for execution and is more accurate than the existing tests.
The research findings of the new tests are published in the Journal of Allergy and the Clinical Immunology. It involved one hundred and seventy-four children for concluding the study. All the children were aged between six months to the seventeen years of age. Out of the total count of one hundred and seventy-four children, seventy-three were naturally allergic to the peanuts.
Dr. Alexander Santhos, who is the lead author of the research study; conveyed, “The current tests are not ideal. If we relied on them alone, we would be over-diagnosing food allergies – only 22% of school-aged children in the UK with a positive test to peanuts are allergic when they are fed the food in a monitored setting.”
Some of the observed symptoms of the food allergy mostly include the following:
• Itchiness of the mouth
• Red Rashes
• Swelling of the whole body or different body parts
• Abnormal swallowing
This research hopefully will open the doors too many diagnostic testing and will eliminate the peanut allergy in those selective individuals.