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Allergy UK state on their website :

Allergy is the most common chronic disease in Europe. Up to 20% of patients with allergies struggle daily with the fear of a possible asthma attack, anaphylactic shock, or even death from an allergic reaction

Hence scientists are continually researching for “cures” for allergies.  44% of British adults now suffer from at least one allergy and that number is rising.

A team of scientist in Australia believe they have made a breakthrough.  With a single treatment severe allergies could be “turned off” by gene therapy giving life-long protection a study claims.

They take blood stem cells, insert a gene which regulates the allergen protein and then put that into the allergy sufferer.  Those engineered cells produce new blood cells that target the specific immune cells and turn off the allergic response.

They have tested it on animals and are working on making it simpler and safer to use.  Their main target initially will be those with severe asthma or potentially life threatening food allergies.
Desensitisation
In the meantime, our allergy clinics offer desensitisation for allergies, as well as identifying the causes of the allergies such as in the case of asthma when the trigger could be foods or inhalants.  Our experience is that once the triggers have been identified and are avoided or treated with immunotherapy huge improvements in health can be seen.

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