The Viaskin patch is also being produced in a peanut version

Fighting milk and peanut allergies with DBV-Technologies

Many people are personally concerned by cow’s milk and peanut allergies. The former is one of the most widespread of all allergies. It’s estimated that 2 to 3% of the population in certain areas is affected by Cow’s Milk Protein Allergy (CMPA).

The Viaskin patch is also being produced in a peanut version
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It is the most common allergy amongst young children and babies and causes a range of symptoms including vomiting, diarrhoea, skin rashes and even anaphylactic shock. Peanut allergy, meanwhile, is far more common than was once the case and can also lead to very severe allergic reactions. The DBV Technologies internet site is devoted to a method of treating both peanut allergy and milk allergy, namely the Viaskin patch, which you can see in the photograph below.

Treating common pediatric allergies like CMPA has always presented certain challenges. One is the need for more painless methods than, for example, injections, as obviously this approach is distressing for both children and their parents. Even pain-free approaches like oral treatments are not altogether satisfactory, as it can be difficult to administer these treatments to very young children. The Viaskin patch seems to have the potential to be an effective middle way for allergy treatment.