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
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.
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
Weil, "Arch de med exper & d'anat path," in Argyria
: The Pharmacology of Silver, W R.
): violet marginal line accompanied by a diffuse bluish gray discoloration throughout the oral mucosa.
A case of argyria
after colloidal silver ingestion.