Mum claims daughter was cured of peanut allergy with simple procedure
A mother claims to have cured her daughters life-threatening peanut allergy in just over a month by using a simple treatment.
Catherine Sly was desperate to find a way of helping her daughter, Zalia, seven, went into anaphylactic shock when she tried a peanut at the age of four.
The mother, from Queensland, Australia, claims she has finally found an effective treatment for her daughter after years of research, with a procedure called oral immunotherapy.
Catherine and Zalia flew to the US for the treatment, which involves carefully measuring a peanut powder and mixing it with water, before pouring it into a syringe to be given orally.
And after just four-and-a-half weeks, the mother said her daughter is able to eat nuts safely.
Now Catherine is calling for the treatment to be made available in Australia.
The mother told 7 News: It is really, really simple. I dont understand why it cant be done over here by our doctors.
All youve got to do is buy peanuts or buy a bottle of milk at the supermarket, its not really expensive for prescriptions or anything like that.
Its literally just measuring out a really small amount of food.
She added that her daughter wasnt harmed by the treatment and only suffered a few stomach aches as a side effect.
The first day in the clinic we started at a very, very small dose and then every 20 minutes it increased, she told 7 News.
If she had of had a reaction or any sort of symptoms it would have stopped at that point.
Catherine visited Zalia every day during her four-and-a-half week stay in the clinic, where the doctor upped the little girls dose every day.
Initially doctors advised the procedure could take up to six weeks to be considered effective but the mother claimed it happened a lot faster.
Now Zalia is said to be continuing the treatment back in Queensland, following a carefully put together plan by medics from the clinic, outlining times and dosage amounts.
The mother said a similar treatment should be offered to Australians, claiming her family life is a lot less stressful without having to agonise over every food label before buying it.
She added: We used to be worried of going to school if she couched someone, if she touched a playground with an allergen on it, if someone gave her some food.
We dont worry anymore.
What is oral immunotherapy?