The researchers at DBV-Technologies (www.dbv-technologies.com/en/) have come up with a novel way of diagnosing and treating certain allergies in an entirely pain-free way. This new solution would be welcome to all allergy sufferers, but especially to the millions of young children and babies who are impacted by CMPA (Cows’ Milk Protein Allergy), not to mention their parents. This particular allergy affects upwards of 3% of the population in developed countries. Its symptoms include skin rashes, vomiting and diarrhoea.
Called Viaskin, this solution takes the form of an adhesive patch (pictured below), which is applied to the skin. It is suitable for all patient profiles. The patch contains antigens in powdered form which have been sprayed onto the patch using an electrospray, which produces an electrically-charged solution. The patch is designed to offer optimal hydration to the antigen, enabling it to penetrate the upper layers of the skin. Thus begins a process of slowly increasing the body’s tolerance levels to the antigen in question. Specific Viaskin® patches have been developed for peanut, house dust mite, and of course, Cows’ Milk Protein Allergy.