A new study published by researchers from the Centre for Plant Biotechnology and Genomics in conjunction with the the Allergy Department of the Hospital Infantil Universitario Niño Jesús of Madrid has revealed that children who are allergic to wheat can substantially benefit from immunotherapy.
Wheat allergy is a common food allergy affecting 35% of children at the age of 12. A large number of food products contain wheat in one format or another, raising the possibility of an allergic reaction, due to accidental exposure.
The researchers treated six children, diagnosed with wheat allergy, by exposing them to incremental doses of wheat. After six months all of the patients had tolerance levels up to 100 grams of daily wheat exposure.
The researchers recommend a larger scale clinical trial but indicate that the results reveal promise for preventing the adverse impact of accidental wheat exposure in allergic children.
P Rodríguez del Río et al. Oral Immunotherapy in Children With IgE-Mediated Wheat Allergy. Journal of Investigational Allergology and Clinical Immunology, 2014; Vol. 24(4): 240-248