The myth that colloidal silver can turn your skin a bluish color is absolutely only a myth when taken as prescribed by a doctor. The media created a campaign to frighten viewers from using products containing colloidal silver. The man, Paul Karason, described as the “Blue Man” was attempting to create colloidal silver at home. What he actually created was not truly Colloidal Silver but a high concentrated ionic silver solution. He mixed salt into the solution and used electrolysis, which created a high concentration of silver chloride. Since he believed that he had made a colloidal silver solution he rubbed it on his skin. The solution caused his skin to turn a bluish color.
The use of silver solutions began in the late 1800’s. It was used as a topical antiseptic. Although, Colloidal Silver is not readily used today among health professionals, there are many states that still require hospitals to use Silver Nitrate to prevent eye infections in newborns. Colloidal Silver must be taken as prescribed by a health professional. This medication is just like any other medication. If a person takes too much there can be side effects. The recommended dose for adults is 50 micrograms and not to be taken for more than a week. A person would have to ingest 1-5 grams (1,000-5,000 milligrams) of Colloidal Silver over the course of one year for any side effects. If taken too much the amount of silver in the body can turn the skin a bluish color, also known as a condition called Argyria. Dr. Ray Sahelian M.D states that he has heard of Colloidal Silver working to cure conjunctivitis or sty when used in an eye dropper, 1-2 drops, 3-4 times a day. However, he has not found proof that it can cure bacterial infections but that it seems to be helpful to cure viruses. Colloidal Silver should only be taken while under the care of a health care professional who knows this product well. If a silver allergy exists then this medication should not be consumed because it could cause a severe allergic reaction.