DBV Technologies.com offers a fascinating window onto the world of research into allergy treatment. Many people will have more than just an academic interest in allergies – millions of people suffer from all range of allergic reactions – from house dust mites, birch bark and pollen to peanut and cows’ milk protein. At http://www.dbv-technologies.com/en/viaskin-products/viaskin-milk you can see the product that this French company has been working on with a view to banishing the spectre of cows’ milk protein from nurseries and homes all over the world. Cows’ milk allergy is, relatively speaking, very widespread, especially in the western world. Mostly affecting very young children, this particular allergy can be very unpleasant for those it strikes – diarrhoea and vomiting are just two of the symptoms which result. Formerly, many allergies were treated using injections. As well as being potentially dangerous (risk of anaphylaxis), this approach caused a lot of distress to both young patients and their parents.
This could all change with the patch pictured below, which is currently under development. This Viaskin patch aims to desensitize the body to specific allergies, including house dust mite, peanut and cows’ milk protein.