Argyria is a severe, permanent skin disease. It is often caused by the ingestion of alternative medicines or dietary supplements containing colloidal silver, which is marketed as a cure-all for a wide range of diseases, despite the fact that there is no evidence regarding its safety. When microscopic particles of silver build up in the body, it can cause the skin to become permanently discolored dark blue or gray. Since this condition gets worse in the sunlight, people with argyria are often confined indoors and may suffer severely decreased quality of life. If colloidal silver caused your argyria, it is not your fault. If you decide to file an argyria lawsuit, you may be entitled to financial compensation for your pain and suffering, decreased quality of life, lost income, disability, and more.
Do I Have an Argyria Lawsuit? Collen A. Clark is a true advocate for his clients and is passionate about helping Texans that have been injured or wronged. If you or a loved one has suffered argyria after taking colloidal silver, you should contact our lawyers immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing an Argyria Lawsuit.
Argyria (pronounced ahr-JIR-e-uh) is a severe, chronic skin condition. People who suffer from argyria have a permanent discoloration of the skin. Usually, the skin turns gray, dark gray, or blue. The discoloration may be confined to a small area of the body, or over the entire body.
Argyria is caused by tiny particles of silver becoming embedded in the skin. This condition is commonly caused due to prolonged industrial exposure to silver in the workplace. However, it is also commonly caused by people consuming dietary supplements, vitamins, and other “alternative medicines” containing colloidal silver.
What is Colloidal Silver?
Colloidal silver is a liquid suspension of tiny pieces of silver in a liquid. Before the advent of antibiotics in the 1940s, colloidal silver was commonly marketed as an antibiotic treatment. Nowadays, colloidal silver is often marketed as an alternative to antibiotics. Manufacturers claim that it is a cure-all, with a wide variety of health benefits. Some manufacturers claim colloidal silver can cure cancer, AIDS, boost the immune system, treat herpes, and more.
Colloidal Silver and the FDA
The FDA has been concerned about the risks associated with colloidal silver (particularly the risk of argyria) for many years. In 1999, the FDA required that no over-the-counter products could contain colloidal silver. However, colloidal silver is still available in “alternative medicine” stores and online when it is sold as a dietary supplement. The rules regulating dietary supplements are far less strict than rules governing drugs (like aspirin). Manufacturers of dietary supplements are allowed to sell their products without gaining FDA-approval, or proving that their product is safe or effective for human use. However, dietary supplement manufacturers are not allowed to claim that their product can treat any health condition. Even so, many manufacturers flaunt the FDA and claims colloidal silver can cure just about anything.
One reason why dietary supplement manufacturers cannot claim colloidal silver can treat health problems is because the FDA does not want sick people choosing colloidal silver over a scientifically-proven effective medical treatment. It could also be harmful if people take colloidal silver regularly as an immune-booster, because particles of silver could build up in the body and cause argyria.
The FDA and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) have teamed up to combat manufacturers making unsubstantiated health claims regarding colloidal silver. They have specifically targeted online retailers, and issued several warning letters. Even so, the problem persists, and colloidal silver remains widely available.
Symptoms of Argyria
- Blue or gray discoloration of the skin
- Neurological damage
- Kidney damage
- Stomach problems
- Skin irritation
Do I have a Argyria Lawsuit?
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