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Old 05-01-03, 08:15 AM   #14 (permalink)
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Dr. Mackessy's work states that he has isolated a mild hemotoxin, and the reactions he's documented were not allergic reactions, merely localized swelling due to the blood not clotting properly. This has often been confused with the type of swelling a person gets when they have an allergic reaction.

It is also possible to have an allergic reaction to proteins in a snake's saliva, but those are two separate and distinct reactions.
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