Could this pill stop anaphylactic shock?

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Could this pill stop anaphylactic shock?

For some people with an allergy, they live in fear of an anaphylactic shock. We’ve seen many stories in the news of a child going into shock after eating something their body doesn’t agree with. It leaves some parents fearing for their child’s life.

As of now, the only way to prevent it is to be vigilant. Failing that, an EpiPen can be used to save someone’s life. But what if there was a pill you could take to stop any such reaction from ever happening? That’s something Northwestern University in America is hoping to make a reality.

What is this pill?

We want to start by saying this isn’t a reality yet. It’s still very much in the testing stages. But this new drug blocks mast cells from reacting to allergens. These are the parts of our body that cause the reaction that can lead to someone’s death.

In their tests, they found they could successfully reduce or even prevent allergic reactions, including life-threatening anaphylaxis. It’s an exciting study because it would be the first known treatment to prevent the terrible reaction. If this is as promising as it appears, it could become the best way to avoid these severe reactions and save lives.

It would still need to go through human trials, so it has a long way to go. But it would be a better alternative to avoiding the allergen and would mean simple mistakes don’t have to be so costly.

How could this change things?

The intention is you would take this drug as a preventative measure. Researchers at Northwestern see it as something you would take before you eat something, taking the weight off of a parent’s shoulders.

Think of how it could change your life. You could go to a nice restaurant without worrying about what pan they used to cook your food. Or what oil they used. You could grab a bite to eat without reading the ingredients first. And, most importantly, it could stop terrible stories of children dying after eating something that looked perfectly fine.

For now, it’s still far away from being available for public use. But research such as this is promising and paints a bright picture of the future for allergy sufferers. Until that time comes, stay vigilant, watch out for allergens, and keep yourself safe.

In the meantime, consider taking the time to talk to a professional about your allergies. They can help you navigate a world full of allergens and keep you happy and healthy. If you would like to chat with one of our experts, get in touch on 02031 433 449.

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