Is it possible to build an immunity to snake venom?
I was watching Riddick and he comes across a venoms creature and before he fights it, he kills a baby one and takes its venom and injects it into his system, after a while he builds an immunity to it and he eventually fights the adult one, I was wondering is you could do this in real life with a snake or something. Not that I plan to do it though.
- Cal KingLv 76 years agoFavorite Answer
Of course. Snake antivenin is produced by injecting horses with a diluted dose of snake venom, and then horse blood is drawn and the antibodies extracted after it has developed an immune response the venom. Some people have used the same method to build up immunity to snake venom. Some people who milk venomous snakes for a living decided to inject themselves with very small amounts of snake venom and their bodies will then build up anti-bodies to the venom over time. They do this so that if they are bitten, then they won't die. It is similar to the vaccines used to fight infections such as the flu, chicken pox, and polio.
- Gray BoldLv 76 years ago
Yes. It is quite possible to immunize a person directly with small and graded doses of venom rather than using an animal. But, generally speaking, the normal way to create anti venom is to use an animal. Anti venom is a biological product used in the treatment of venomous bites or stings. Anti venom is created by milking venom from the desired snake, spider or insect. The venom is then diluted and injected into a horse, sheep or goat. The subject animal will undergo an immune response to the venom, producing antibodies against the venom's active molecule, which can then be harvested from the animal's blood and used as an antidote for humans.Source(s): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antivenom
- hcbiochemLv 76 years ago
Yes, it is possible. However, you should probably inject something like heat-inactivated venom. When you do this, your immune system will produce antibodies that should neutralize the venom.
- 6 years ago
Realistically, instead of becoming more immune to the venom, your system would probably become more highly sensitized to it. You would build more antibodies (which fight disease and toxins, but can also cause a cascading immune response like swelling, bronchial constriction, etc.) Also, snakebite tends to be directly toxic to the cells lining the blood vessels, making them leaky, and causing shock.
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- 6 years ago
there are ways of gaining immunity to snake venomSource(s): ..