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Soap, Water can Ease Peanut Allergy Fears

Posted - Jun. 4, 2004 at 12:40 p.m.



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BALTIMORE, Jun 04, 2004 (United Press International via COMTEX) -- Researchers say they may have found a simple way to combat fears of many Americans over allergy to peanuts.

Of particular concern are children with peanut allergy whose parents are constantly afraid that that a peanut-munching classmate may put their child in danger.

But, new research by a team from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore, published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, offered hope. It said that everyday soaps and cleansers can remove the peanut allergen and schools appear to be keeping school surfaces clean.

For the 1.5 million Americans with peanut allergy, exposure to the allergen can lead to a range of reactions, from hives to a potentially life-threatening anaphylactic reaction that causes difficulty with breathing, Healthology said.

Researchers found plain water, Formula 409 cleanser, Lysol sanitizing wipes and Target brand cleaner with bleach worked in a peanut butter test. Hands are easily cleaned.

Copyright 2004 by United Press International.

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