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"At the end of the year, half of them passed. At the end of two years, 75 percent of them passed," Burks said.
Next, he went a step further, to see if participants could maintain tolerance without the daily powder. Those who passed the second test stopped using the powder, avoided eggs entirely for four to six weeks, then tried eating eggs again as they wished. Eleven of the 30 kids were able to do this with no problem.
The treatment worked for 10-year-old Nicholas Redmond of Huntersville, N.C., near Charlotte. Avoiding eggs has been "a huge problem," said his father, Chris Redmond. Now Nicholas has some egg nearly every day to maintain his tolerance, which his father finds terribly ironic.
"You spend 2 1/2 years avoiding eggs" and now have to make sure he gets some, Chris Redmond said.
Nicholas said the hardest part of his allergy was turning down birthday treats at school.
"I would say 'no thank you' and I had this little treat box with stuff filled for class parties," he said.
Now, "I can have eggs in cake and cookies" -- if they don't contain peanuts, he said. He's also allergic to those, and will start sensitization therapy for peanuts next month.
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