Elizabeth White's first encounter with peanuts _ a nibble of a peanut butter cracker at age 14 months _ left the toddler gasping for breath. Within minutes, her airways were swelling shut. A mere fifth of a peanut was enough to trigger an allergic reaction. So it was with trepidation that her parents enrolled Elizabeth, at 4 1/2, in a groundbreaking experiment: Could eating tiny amounts of the very foods that endanger them eventually train children's bodies to overcome severe food allergies?

It just may work, suggest preliminary results from a handful of youngsters allergic to peanuts or eggs _ and who, after two years of treatment, seem protected enough that an accidental bite of the forbidden foods is no longer a huge threat. 

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If you have food allergies, would you try to get rid of them by eating minute amounts of the food you are allergic to?
Elizabeth White`s first encounter with peanuts _ a nibble of a peanut butter cracker at age 14 months _ left the toddler gasping for breath. Within minutes, her airways were swelling shut. A mere fifth of a peanut was enough to trigger an allergic reaction. So it was with trepidation that her parents enrolled Elizabeth, at 4 1/2, in a groundbreaking experiment: Could eating tiny amounts of the very foods that endanger them eventually train children`s bodies to overcome severe food allergies?

It just may work, suggest preliminary results from a handful of youngsters allergic to peanuts or eggs _ and who, after two years of treatment, seem protected enough that an accidental bite of the forbidden foods is no longer a huge threat.

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15 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Saturday 12/30/06 - 5:41:24 PM EST (GMT-5)
Yes, as long as I was in a doctor's office or something where they could save me if I was dying or it went wrong or something.
15 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Saturday 12/30/06 - 5:44:52 PM EST (GMT-5)
If I was allergic to cheeseburgers then yes.
15 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Saturday 12/30/06 - 5:45:14 PM EST (GMT-5)
Yeah. I don't have food allergies, but I am highly allergic to poison ivy, oak and sumac.
I get it every summer and the intensity of the break outs has lessoned more and more every year.
I'm guessing it's the all the exposure thats helping it.
15 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Saturday 12/30/06 - 6:42:34 PM EST (GMT-5)
No, I'd stay away from foods I was allergic to.
15 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Saturday 12/30/06 - 7:01:46 PM EST (GMT-5)
No, that's highly dangerous.
15 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Saturday 1/6/07 - 12:48:39 PM EST (GMT-5)
On 12/30/2006 7:01:46 PM _CRYN_OUT_ wrote:
No, that's highly dangerous.

Probably more dangerous to not do it, then have a really bad allergy attack down the line because you accidentally ate something.
15 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Saturday 1/6/07 - 12:54:20 PM EST (GMT-5)
I have a high nut allergie. If i eat one little bit of one it makes me swell up. When i found out i have allergies to nuts i had a whole one and nearly died.
15 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Saturday 1/6/07 - 1:15:26 PM EST (GMT-5)
I'd be very careful when doing something like that. Not without medical supervision. It's probably easier for little kids to outgrow allergies than teens and adults.
15 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Saturday 1/6/07 - 1:17:25 PM EST (GMT-5)
Hahaha, what a coincidence!

...last night, this friend of mine who apparently broke out from strawberry and kiwi once was curious to see if she was in fact allergic.

She kept on begging to try little bits of each... holding them right up to her mouth and everything, and I, sitting next to her, had to keep on stopping her!

14 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Wednesday 7/11/07 - 5:42:36 PM EST (GMT-5)
No...i'm allergic to it for a reason. i'm not gonna die if i dont eat that food forver, its not a big deal. but i'm not gonna test my luck by eating small amounts of food that swells my airways shut...i just wouldnt eat it at all
14 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Tuesday 7/17/07 - 10:03:52 AM EST (GMT-5)
This is the same principle as a vaccine. Y'all ARE aware that when you get vaccinated, they're actually giving you the bacteria that causes the disease, right? This sounds like a good idea to me. I'd do it. Except I'm not allergic to ANYTHING.
14 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Tuesday 7/17/07 - 12:11:43 PM EST (GMT-5)
Yes, I would definitely do that. I know from experience that exposing myself to cats and dogs actually reduces my allergies over time.
14 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Friday 8/17/07 - 1:39:12 AM EST (GMT-5)
No, I would just not eat that food at all to avoid it all.
13 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Friday 11/21/08 - 11:53:13 AM EST (GMT-5)



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