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Thursday, February 14, 2019
Colloidal silver is microscopic nanoparticles of silver, dispersed and suspended in water, which is naked to the human eye. Because the particles are so tiny, they penetrate the cells and kill bacteria, viruses and other microorganisms that cause disease.
The antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties of topical silver have been medically used in the management of chronic wounds and ulcers in the form of silver-containing wound dressings and prescribed topical creams. In fact, it has been used for healing for centuries with the ancient Greeks, Romans and Egyptians all using it to treat the infection.
The beneficial features of colloidal silver are making it an increasingly popular ingredient in skin, beauty and medical applications. From dressings for treating skin infections through to skincare products for treating inflammatory skin conditions such as acne and eczema and a wide range of beauty products, colloidal silver is becoming more widely used and credited for its efficacy. Due to the antibacterial nature of silver, it is also used in deodorants and soaps as well as over the counter plasters and dressings to promote wound healing and reduce scarring.
There are many advantages of using colloidal silver in dermatology, but Dr Borysiewicz warns of the false marketing for treating diseases, “It is important to note that dietary colloidal silver supplements falsely marketed for the treatment of arthritis, cancer and AIDS are toxic and dangerous. They can cause Argyria, a condition which results in staining of the skin and gums caused by silver deposition in the skin. Also, this can be seen in addition to other rare systemic side effects of silver when it is used in dressings and creams applied to large wounds or broken skin areas such as burns. It’s important for individuals to consult with an experienced medical practitioner before using colloidal silver products.”
Dr Borysiewicz also notes that more research needs to be conducted on safe applications of topical colloidal silver therapy.
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