It’s distressing for any parent to see their child fall sick, but the knowledge that your child has an allergy can be particularly worrying. A company based in Paris, France (DBV Technologies – http://www.dbv-technologies.com/en/) has been working for some years now to put parents’ minds at ease with the help of an allergy treatment that’s especially kid-friendly.
By using immunotherapy technology, DBV Technologies has been able to develop the Viaskin patch. Its approach is particularly applicable to children and babies because it’s an epicutaneous solution. This contrasts with traditional ways of treating allergies, like injections. Each patch contains a small amount of the antigen that’s triggering the allergic response. When placed on the skin, the patient’s body heat creates sweat within the patch, turning the dry antigen into liquid form. In this form it’s able to penetrate the skin without entering the bloodstream directly. Rather it goes into the Langerhans cells in the epidermis. As these cells are very tolerogenic, it is much safer for them to be exposed to the antigens than other cells in the body. The patch should be especially useful for treating children for cows’ milk protein allergy – click on the picture below for more details.