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Description

Silver is a naturally occurring element that has been used for centuries in a variety of applications. It has antimicrobial, antifungal, and antiviral properties, and is used in a variety of medical and industrial applications. Silver is also used in some dietary supplements and cosmetics.

Side Effects:

Silver is generally considered safe when used topically or taken orally in small amounts. However, long-term exposure to silver can cause argyria, a condition in which silver accumulates in the skin, eyes, and internal organs, resulting in a blue-gray discoloration of the skin. Other side effects may include skin irritation, headaches, nausea, and vomiting.

Associated Brand Names:

SilverSol, Argentyn 23, Sovereign Silver, Silver Biotics, Silvercillin, and Silver Shield.

Overdose effects of silver can include abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, headache, dizziness, confusion, and seizures. In extreme cases, silver overdose can lead to coma and death.

Synonyms
  • silver
Classifications
  • antiseptic
  • dermatological
  • disinfectant
  • silver

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