An iconic part of the vampire, two of them, good at biting into necks and often seen brandished in horror movies. Some look rather sexy and discreet, others are so large the vampire has to have an adapted physiology or learn to blend in with badly bred white trash/Chav’s…

The image below (google search) shows someone suffering a medical condition called hypohidrotic ectodermal dysplasia. This is a genetic disease but one of the signs is that a majority of the teeth may be shorter and blunter than others. In some this is possibly the distinctive canine look.

All well and good but what if you were bitten by one? Surely that’s not the only reason the bite marks look so strange?

Well allow me to try with another part of it, those bitten by vampires have not always become vampires but perhaps a person who is ill walking about with fang marks might be reason for concern? They may also be suffering a skin condition, such as the one below known as pemphigus vulgaris. To a peasant in the 18th Century such marks were not a skin condition but the signs that a blood-sucker was on their way around the area!

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  1. That’s pretty interesting. Can see how it could add to the hysteria in medieval times.

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