Adverse reactions to snake antivenom, and their prevention and treatment.

@article{Silva2016AdverseRT,
  title={Adverse reactions to snake antivenom, and their prevention and treatment.},
  author={H. Asita de Silva and Nicole M Ryan and H J de Silva},
  journal={British journal of clinical pharmacology},
  year={2016},
  volume={81 3},
  pages={446-52}
}
Antivenom is the mainstay of treatment of snakebite envenoming. However, adverse reactions to snake antivenom that is available are common in many parts of the world where snakebite is prevalent. Both acute (anaphylactic or pyrogenic) and delayed (serum sickness type) reactions occur. Acute reactions are usually mild but severe systemic anaphylaxis may develop, often within an hour or so of exposure to antivenom. Serum sickness after antivenom has a delayed onset between 5 and 14 days after its… CONTINUE READING
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