French company DBV-Technologies has been hard at work on a revolutionary, yet simple new approach that could bring real relief to allergy sufferers. Many different techniques and methods have been tried over the years to tackle the growing issue of allergies, but all present drawbacks of some kind or another. Most common amongst these is the way in which the allergens are delivered to the patient’s body. Traditional methods such as injections are less than ideal for several reasons, including the painful method of administration and the risk of anaphylactic shock during the treatment.
One of the most problematic food allergies currently in existence is peanut allergy. DBV-Technologies’ dedicated peanut allergy section http://www.dbv-technologies.com/en/products/allergy-treatments/viaskin-peanut/ sheds some light on the enormous potential of their Viaskin® Peanut patch. With the help of the electrospray technology pictured below, the patch provides a safe method of delivering peanut antigens to the Langerhans cells through the upper layers of the epidermis. This format has also been adopted for cows’ milk protein and house dust mite, offering a completely pain-free way of making life safer and easier for the victims of allergies.