Sweet idea takes sting out of allergy, researchers say

An adjuvant may provide an alternative to costly and protracted bee venom desensitisation

Turbo-charging bee venom immunotherapy with an adjuvant could reduce the time it takes to achieve desensitisation in people at risk of anaphylaxis, Adelaide researchers say.


A group from Flinders University have used a proprietary polysaccharide adjuvant to boost standard immunotherapy, trialling it in 27 people with a history of rapid-onset systemic allergic reactions to honeybee stings.

They received a weekly dose for the first 14 weeks, then one dose per month for 30 months.

At about week 14, specific IgG4 serum markers peaked in