Peanut allergies are common throughout the world and are potentially life-threatening. The creators of the new toothpaste decided to include in its composition a certain amount of peanut proteins that can cause an allergic reaction, in order to gradually reduce sensitivity to this allergen.
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The experiment involved 32 people with peanut allergies. For 11 months, volunteers used the new toothpaste once a day. Twenty-four participants received the active ingredient paste, while eight received a placebo. The dose of the active substance was gradually increased for those who took the paste with it. During the experiment, no one experienced any serious allergic reactions, indicating that the product is safe for people with peanut allergies.
Half of the participants experienced mild itching in the mouth and lips, but none of them left the study due to side effects. However, everyone who used the innovative toothpaste successfully tolerated the highest doses of peanut protein, reports the Daily Mail.
Scientists believe that regularly eating small amounts of peanuts over time can lead to a gradual loss of sensitivity to this allergen, reducing the risk of serious consequences. In addition, the innovative toothpaste effectively cleanses teeth, being as effective as regular toothpaste.
This approach to treating allergies is known as oral immunotherapy and has been used for a long time. It allows you to reduce the patient’s sensitivity to products that cause allergic reactions by gradually introducing small doses of the allergen to strengthen the immune system.
The main advantage of the new development is its ease of use: immunotherapy can be carried out simply by brushing your teeth with a special toothpaste once a day. This is a non-invasive method that does not require medical intervention, Rambler reports.
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