If you’re one of the hundreds of millions of people around the world who has to cope with the inconvenience – or worse – of suffering from an allergy, you’ll find plenty to interest you on www.dbv-technologies.com. This French company’s website contains lots of information on their exciting new technology, which is designed to provide a new approach to diagnosing and treating some of the most widespread allergies.
Their method revolves around an epicutaneous patch which could in theory be adapted to treat almost any food allergy. This adhesive patch, called Viaskin®, acts as a ‘container’ and delivery method for very small amounts of immunoactive compounds, which it slowly releases to the body through the skin. The treatment can be stopped at any time simply by removing the patch.
Currently there are several versions of the patch under development. These include patches for the diagnosis of cow’s milk protein allergy and treatment patches for house dust mite, peanut and cow’s milk protein. A patch approach is particularly suitable for this allergy as it especially affects young children who will really appreciate the patch’s ‘pain-free’ application.