Argyria Symptoms, Causes & More

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Causes

Argyria occurs when silver particles enter the body through the mouth or directly through the skin or mucous membranes. Generalized argyria may result from silver entering the body through the mouth.1Wadhera, Akhil, and Max Fung. ‘Systemic Argyria Associated with Ingestion of Colloidal Silver.’ Dermatology Online Journal, 1 Jan. 2005, escholarship.org/uc/item/0832g6d3 In this case, the entire skin surface, internal organs and mucous membranes may be affected by the discoloration.

Localized argyria tends to occur when silver enters the body through the skin. In this case, the discoloration may affect only the area on which the silver particles make contact.

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