argyria


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argyria

[är′jir·ē·ə]
(medicine)
A dusky-gray or bluish discoloration of the skin and mucous membranes produced by the prolonged administration or application of silver preparations.
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Several side effects in silver-coated implants have been reported, including argyria, as seen in our patient, kidney and liver damage, leukopenia, and toxicity in neural tissues.
Unfortunately, it was too late for Karason and years of self-medicating with colloidal silver because his skin eventually turned blue. (http://www.today.com/health/real-life-blue-man-dies-after-heart-attack-stroke-4B11243410) Karason died  last September from issues non-related to his skin coloring, but still remains as one of the most widely known cases of argyria ever documented.
Nanosilver is absorbed through the skin to some extent, and there are reported cases of occupational exposure causing argyria.
However, the total silver in the Mg-Ag alloy should not exceed the amount that can cause argyria in the human body.
Russell-Jones, "Severe generalized argyria secondary to ingestion of colloidal silver protein," Clinical and Experimental Dermatology, vol.
Argyria, a condition caused by exposure to chemical forms of silver, causes the skin to become blue or grayish as a result of accumulation of silver in the body over time.
It's possible the supplement could actually harm your health if taken over many years, because long term use can result in an irreversible condition called argyria, in which silver salts build up in the skin (giving it a grayish cast), eyes, and internal organs.
Brain involvement in generalized argyria. ClinNeuropathol.
Weil, "Arch de med exper & d'anat path," in Argyria: The Pharmacology of Silver, W R.
Silver (Argyria): violet marginal line accompanied by a diffuse bluish gray discoloration throughout the oral mucosa.