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Westchester Student Takes Part In New Treatment For Peanut Allergies

A student from Irvington with a peanut allergy is taking part in oral immunotherapy treatment for his peanut allergy.
A student from Irvington with a peanut allergy is taking part in oral immunotherapy treatment for his peanut allergy. Photo Credit: Wikipedia

IRVINGTON, N.Y. -- An Irvington 10-year-old who has a peanut allergy is taking part in oral immunotherapy to treat it, according to the New York Post.

In the therapy, Danny Hyman, one of 60 kids participating in the treatment, consumes daily a "tiny portion" of peanut protein to overcome his allergy, according to the New York Post.

The therapy is conducted by Dr. Jonathan Bell, of Danbury, an allergist, the newspaper reported.

The patients gradually increase their doses of powdered peanut protein at Bell's clinic every 30 minutes during a 4½-hour period, and if higher doses produce no symptoms, they go home and take the dose with applesauce or juice, according to the report.

Two weeks later they go back to the clinic for more incrementally increased doses until being able to consume 10 peanuts daily without symptoms, said the New York Post.

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