There are some things that we can’t prepare for, that are inevitable parts of life. Until recently, food allergies appeared to fall into this category. However, thanks to the efforts of DBV Technologies, that could be set to change. A whole raft of techniques have been deployed in the past to try to offset the impact of allergies. These have had varying degrees of success, and many have put their patients at a real risk of anaphylaxis (a severe allergic reaction that can even lead to death).
DBV-Technologies has gone back to the drawing board and developed a simple adhesive patch that contains and then releases minute quantities of allergens into the body. Over time, this will help the patient to build up a ‘tolerance’ to the substance that previously had been causing them so much trouble. This patch approach is incredibly versatile. It can be applied to cow’s milk protein (http://www.dbv-technologies.com/en/viaskin-products/viaskin-milk), peanut allergy and even non-food allergies like house dust mite.
Whilst the concept may be simple, the technology, as you can see from the laboratory photograph below, is anything but. For more information on this, just go to the dedicated Viaskin Products section of the website.