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Argyria is a rare disease that causes the individual to have a bluish or grayish skin due to the accumulation of silver s alts in the body. In addition to the skin, the conjunctiva of the eyes and internal organs also turn bluish.
Symptoms of Argyria
The main symptom of argyria is the permanent bluish discoloration of the skin and mucous membranes. This change in skin color can lead the individual to depression and social withdrawal and there are no other related symptoms.
For the diagnosis of argyria, the individual must be observed and the presence of silver s alts in the body must be verified through a biopsy of the skin and other organs such as the liver, for example.
Causes of argyria
Argyria is caused by the excess of silver s alts in the body, which can occur due to exposure to silver for long periods, inhalation or direct, prolonged and excessive contact with silver dust or silver compounds improperly.
Long-term use of the drug Argirol, a silver-based eye drop, can lead to argyria, as can the consumption of colloidal silver, a food supplement formerly used to strengthen the immune system, however the necessary amount has not yet been clarified. of silver in the body to generate the disease.
Treatment for Argyria
Treatment for argyria consists of ending the individual's exposure to silver, laser therapy and the use of a hydroquinone-based cream. The individual with argyria should receive treatment for the disease and avoid exposure to silver s alts to avoid complications such as epilepsy, for example.