El Paso doctor helps alleviate food allergies

Wednesday, February 20, 2013 - 9:14pm

If you're allergic to peanuts, a new study being conducted in El Paso could one day save your life. Food allergies are on the rise across the country, especially among young people. In fact, almost six percent of all people today suffer from a food allergy. Doctors aren't sure why the numbers are rising, but Dr. Lyndon Mansfield says there is a way to train the body to develop immunity to small amounts of an allergent. He's conducting trials on oral desensitigation.

"You can by giving small amounts of the food the person reacts to, orally, slowly over time have the immune system make different responses. when it makes different responses then people can tolerate the food that they couldn't tolerate before," said Dr. Lyndon Mansfield.

Kids ages 12 to 20 are most at risk of death from food allergies.

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