Hey, whenever we recommend a product or restaurant, it’s still up to you to make sure that they are safe for you or whoever it is with a peanut or tree nut allergy. We are not responsible for any allergic reactions, okie-dokie?
So it’s a hot day and ye thinks to ye self, “I could really go for some fro-yo.” You walk into a shop and ask about whether it’s safe to get a cup from the machine even if you don’t add any toppings. You probably know what happens next. The person there may tell you that even though the peanut butter flavor is only ever in one machine and even though they are really careful about washing, they can’t guarantee that there won’t be any trace amounts in your delicious, frozen cup of goodness. Sad face.
2017 may give us a solution: a patch that may, at the very least, help erase the worry of exposure to trace amounts. DBV Technologies has had some really promising results with their Viaskin® Peanut patch. You wear it everyday and it may raise your threshold. It seems to have worked better for younger children, but still, wow. They’ve completed their Phase 3 clinical trials and it will, fingers crossed, be on the market soon. They’re also developing patches for milk and egg allergies.
More information is available on the DBV Technologies website:
Here’s an article about it on CNN from October 2016.
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