Medical Q&As

Colloidal silver - an approved treatment?

Is colloidal silver recommended by the medical and pharmaceutical organisations?

Colloidal silver is a suspension of silver molecules in water. Extraordinary claims have been made for the product that have not been backed up by solid research. It is claimed that it is an effective treatment for viral, fungal and bacterial infections and that it has powerful effects on the immune system. Unsubstantiated claims have been made regarding its use in the treatment of AIDS, enlargement of the prostate gland, acne, warts and chronic fatigue. In the pre-antibiotic era silver was commonly used in nose drop preparations but that practice was soon stopped when it became apparent that such products could give rise argyria. Argyria is a condition that results from contact with silver salts over an extended period of time. The condition produces grey staining of the skin and mucous membranes and also results in silver deposition in the eyes and internal organs. To the best of my knowledge there are no longer any medications containing silver available for prescription on the Irish market. In summary, colloidal silver is not regarded as an orthodox form of medical treatment.