(KAIT/KFVS) - Between 1997 and 2008, the prevalence of peanut or tree nut allergy more than tripled in U.S. children.
Families of children with severe peanut allergies look forward to approval of a new, life-changing drug.
Ten-year-old Charlie Heald must always be aware of the food around him.
His mom, Cathy, discovered this allergy when he was only 11 months old.
Charlie then became one of 500 children studied by Aimmune Therapies.
Now, the very thing that can send him into a severe allergic reaction is what he eats every day.
Every day for nearly a year, Charlie ate a dose of a special peanut flour that desensitizes children to small amounts of peanuts.
Doses start small and increase over time.
The treatment may prevent a serious allergic reaction if he unknowingly eats or is exposed to a peanut product.
"We know that he would be protected and that is truly confidence building," Cathy says. "It's just such a wonderful feeling to know that he has that protection in his body, that he has built up a certain amount of immunity and that he has that freedom of mind when he eats."
It's peace of mind for Cathy and for Charlie a future with possibilities.
For more information about this allergy medication, click here.