There are millions of people in the world right now who have to endure a considerable reduction in their quality of life because of allergies of various kinds. The impact of allergies varies from person to person and can range from the relatively innocuous to the fatal. The dbv-technologies.com internet site showcases this French company’s efforts to come up with solutions that can be used to improve the lot of sufferers from certain common allergies. Of particular interest to many people will be the Viaskin® patch for peanut allergy. Severe allergic reactions to peanut ingestion causes the death of hundreds of people all around the world each year. The concept behind this simple idea can be found on http://www.dbv-technologies.com/en/technology/viaskin-technology/.
The patch (pictured below) exhibits several major advantages over other approaches to allergy treatment. Most importantly, this method greatly reduces the likelihood of anaphylactic shock occurring during the treatment process. Contrary to some approaches, the antigens contained in the patch are not introduced directly into the bloodstream, but into the body through the skin. This solution is currently being developed for cows’ milk protein and house dust mite allergies, as well as peanut allergies.