Once in a while, a new solution to some problem is brought out which seems so simple you wonder why no-one had thought of it before. One such solution is the answer that DBV-Technologies has developed to treat some of our most common allergies.
The food allergy issue is one that has come to increasing prominence in recent years, especially as it has begun to affect more and more people. There are many different foodstuffs which can cause allergic reactions and even anaphylaxis. These include egg, shrimp, crab, cod, cow’s milk and peanuts.
Peanut allergies in particular have commanded a great deal of attention, probably because so many kinds of processed foods contain small amounts of peanut, and also because people with a peanut-intolerance have died even when exposed to minute quantities.
For this reason, a solution like the Viaskin® peanut patch is long overdue. This patch may be used both to treat peanut allergy and to diagnose the condition in the first place. It works by releasing very small quantities of the relevant allergen into the skin in a way which can be closely monitored and which is much safer than the subcutaneous approach.