Colloidal Silver and Hepatitis C
What Are the Possible Risks of Taking Colloidal Silver for Hepatitis C?Animal studies have shown that silver builds up in the tissues of the body. In humans, this accumulation can have a serious side effect called argyria. Argyria is a bluish-gray discoloration of the body, especially of the:
- Other organs
- Deep tissues
How this happens is not fully known, but silver-protein complexes are thought to deposit in the skin and then be processed by sunlight (similar to traditional photography). Argyria is not treatable or reversible.
Other possible problems related to colloidal silver include:
- Problems within the nervous system (such as seizures)
- Kidney damage
- Stomach distress
- Skin irritation.
This product may also interfere with the body's absorption a number of drugs, including:
Final ThoughtsThe following is a summary of key points related to colloidal silver and hepatitis C:
- Colloidal silver products consist of tiny silver particles suspended in liquid. They are usually marketed as dietary supplements.
- Over-the-counter colloidal silver products are not considered by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to be generally recognized as safe and effective for diseases and conditions, including hepatitis C.
- The FDA has taken action against a number of colloidal silver companies (such as Web sites) for making drug-like claims about their products.
- Colloidal silver can cause serious side effects. One is argyria, a bluish-gray discoloration of the body. Argyria is not treatable or reversible.
- If you are considering using a colloidal silver product, talk with all your healthcare providers. Discussing colloidal silver and hepatitis C with your healthcare team is important for your safety and helps each provider make sure that all aspects of your healthcare are working together.