Most of us will know someone, or maybe even several people, with a nut allergy. This particular allergy has become increasingly common over the last few decades, which is why some of the developments on the DBV Technologies website are to be welcomed with open arms.
Based in France, this medical research company has been busy working on small adhesive patches which are worn on the patient’s arm. There’s a section on the firm’s internet site especially devoted to a specific peanut allergy treatment that’s been developed, which you can see at http://www.dbv-technologies.com/en/viaskin-products/viaskin-peanut.
If you’re interested in how the patches are actually made, you can find out more about the cutting-edge technology used to manufacture this product by clicking on the photograph below. This ‘electrospray’ technology, as it’s called, facilitates the application of a completely even layer of allergens onto the patch’s backing, without modifying the chemical properties of said allergens. Once applied to the skin, these allergens pass through the layers of the epidermis and start doing their work of desensitizing the patient, little by little, to the antigens contained in peanuts.