Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: Jenny | 2009/09/02

Q.

Colloidal Silver

At the pharmacy they suggested that I use Colloidal Silver gel for my babies eczema. The said it is perfectly safe and there is no side effects. They are also selling colloidal silver in a liquid form that you can drink. From what I' ve heard it has not been proven to help, and that there is side effects. What is your opinion. Is it safe to use?

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

You must not use this colloidal silver gel on your baby's skin. Silver may be absorbed into his body and then is not eliminated from the body. Silver levels may build up and may cause a condition called argyria. This results in a blue-grey discolouration of the skin. There is no evidence that silver helps in the treatment of eczema.

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