Probiotics and Peanut Allergies
Food allergies have become more and more common. Unlike allergies to milk, eggs, or soy, peanut allergies tend to persist in adulthood. Of all the food allergies, a peanut allergy is the one most likely to cause a severe allergic reaction called anaphylaxis. For children with a nut allergy, eating one peanut can literally be fatal.
According to medical professionals, when you have allergies, your body sees the thing you are allergic to as dangerous. As a result, your immune system will try to protect you by causing allergy-related symptoms such as:
- Swollen skin
Your body does this by releasing histamines and other chemicals. These chemicals are designed to help your immune system in getting rid of whatever is causing the reactions. You sneeze to help you get rid of dander or pollen in your nose. Vomiting helps you get rid of whatever is in your stomach. However, when the reaction is severe and there are too many chemicals than what is needed, it can cost you your life.
Peanut allergy treatment
Numerous researches have noted the therapeutic benefits of probiotics in treating GI disorders and other diseases. Recently, the area of studying specific bacteria to treat peanut allergy has gained momentum.
Treatment for peanut allergy comprises a combination of probiotics with peanut oral immunotherapy (PPOIT). In PPOIT, L. rhamnosus LGG was used in combination with gradually increasing the amount of peanut protein. This strain plays a part in peanut allergy treatment. Although the study is ongoing, the use of probiotics in treating peanut allergy is now a realistic target.
According to a published study, PPOIT can effectively treat peanut allergy. The majority of those who took part in the trial had become tolerant of peanuts. PPOIT has also provided a long-lasting benefit and persistent suppression of allergic response to peanuts.
How probiotics help with peanut allergy
The growing theory of an increase in allergies among children is related to the growth of unwanted bacteria in the gut. The use of antibiotics and increase hygiene can harm the gut bacteria. Not only this, but over the last century, our diet has changed a lot. The consumption of wheat, sugar, and grains increases. These foods are difficult to digest, and they can negatively impact gut health.
Probiotics are microorganisms with health-boosting benefits. The use of probiotics during the therapy helps re-educate the immune system, so it doesn’t see peanut as dangerous. They help improve the digestive system’s ability to tolerate peanuts without an immune reaction. But then again, the use of probiotics can help improve the symptoms of peanut allergy in combination with the standard allergy treatment. It's best to consult your allergist or doctor on whether any probiotics may be beneficial to you since they are unregulated and vary greatly.