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A new therapy to cure peanut allergies?

Posted at: 02/18/2013 8:01 PM

Those with a peanut allergy may someday be cured by putting peanuts under their tongue.

Stormer Freeman was diagnosed with a peanut allergy at a young age, but now, eight years later, doctors say he's cured after taking part in a study of "sublingual immunotherapy."

Researchers put tiny amounts of liquefied peanut under the tongue, slowly increasing the amount of peanut exposure, teaching the immune system there's nothing to fear. While it worked for some, it didn't work for nearly 1/3 of the participants.

So will this therapy be used in our area. News10NBC's Lia Lando spoke with Dr. Shahzad Mustafa, who is in allergist. To watch the interview, click play on the video player above.