The popular alternative medical remedy colloidal silver has been linked to argyria, a severe form of silver poisoning that prevents victims from going out into the sunlight. Also known as the ‘disease of the living dead,’ argyria is characterized by a grayish blue coloring of the skin, which is caused by a lack of oxygen or blood flow. Medical authorities strongly advise against the use of colloidal silver preparations because of their lack of proven effectiveness, as well as the risk of serious side effects associated with the so-called ‘natural remedy.’
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What’s the Problem with Colloidal Silver?
Since the late 1800s, silver has been used in a number of forms, both as a preservative and to fight infections. Colloidal silver is a suspension of the element in a solution, usually water. Its primary application is as a topical antiseptic. The use of silver in the form of nitrate solution is still used in newborns as a topical eye drop to prevent eye infections.
In recent years, silver-containing products have been marketed as effective treatments for a number of conditions including AIDS, cancer, infectious diseases, parasites, chronic fatigue, acne, warts, and hemorrhoids. Some companies even go so far as to say that colloidal silver is effective against hundreds of diseases.
Unfortunately, scientific evidence has disproven the health claims for colloidal silver and shown that:
- It has no known function in the body;
- It is not an essential mineral supplement;
- The effectiveness of colloidal silver products is unsupported.
Additionally, the long-term use of colloidal silver has been increasingly associated with argyria, a rare but serious condition unpleasantly known as the ‘disease of the living dead.’
Argyria is a severe disease characterized by blue or gray skin discoloration resulting from excessive exposure to silver. When colloidal silver is consumed over time and the body is unable to excrete it through the urine and fecal tracts, the body tends to slough off the excess silver into the skin cells to get rid of it. What results is a dramatic graying of the skin color, which is permanent in the vast majority of cases.
Signs and Symptoms of Argyria
Telltale signs of colloidal silver-induced argyria may include:
- Staining of the gums that extends to skin of hands, forehead and nose, where the area is exposed to the sun the most;
- Skin becomes blue or bluish-grey colored.
Diagnosis & Treatment
Due to the fact that argyria is an extremely rare disease, it is often misdiagnosed because doctors are unfamiliar with the condition. Conclusive diagnoses of argyria are usually established by skin biopsy. Unfortunately, the change in pigment is permanent and basically untreatable. Hydroquinone is sometimes used to reduce the number of silver granules in the upper dermis and around sweat glands. Other treatments may include intensive cleansing protocols designed to eliminate silver and other environmental toxic agents, as well as laser surgery to reduce skin discoloration. Additionally, sunscreens may be helpful in preventing further darkening of the skin, and cosmetic camouflage may be useful in disguising its appearance.
Colloidal Silver Side Effects
In addition to having the potential to cause argyria, colloidal silver has also been linked to the following serious side effects:
- Neurological problems
- Kidney damage
- Stomach problems
- General skin irritation
In 1999, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) issued a final rule establishing that all over-the-counter (OTC) drugs containing colloidal silver ingredients or silver salts are not generally recognized as safe and are misbranded. The FDA made this ruling because a number of OTC products containing colloidal silver were being marketed for numerous diseases, and the administration was not aware of any scientific evidence that supports the use of colloidal silver to treat these conditions.
Do You Have a Colloidal Silver Argyria Lawsuit?
The Product Liability & Defective Drug Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in colloidal silver lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new argyria cases in all 50 states.
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