Harmful Effects of Ionic Silver Hydrosol

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Harmful Effects of Ionic Silver Hydrosol
Always consult a physician before you begin using ionic silver hydrosol. (medical bottles image by Ragne Kabanova from Fotolia.com)

Ionic silver hydrosol is a variety of liquid colloidal silver, which is commonly used in alternative medicine as a multipurpose symptom reliever. Unlike regular colloidal silvers, ionic silver hydrosol contains no silver salts or nitrates, and has a much longer shelf life. The solution is often toted for its ability to kill pathogenic microorganisms, its low reactivity with other treatments and for the fact that you can spray it in the eyes and ingest it without pain, discomfort or side effects. There are, however, some harmful effects that can potentially result from using ionic silver hydrosol.


Perhaps the most commonly occurring and well-known side effect associated with ionic silver hydrosol is argyria. Argyria is a greyish/bluish discolouration of the skin, gums, fingers and toenails, eyes and internal organs. While the condition is not life threatening and typically does not cause pain or any other adverse side effects, its severity stems from the fact that it is irreversible. According to epa.gov, argyria is associated with long-term ingestion of ionic silver hydrosol, which causes silver particles (which occur naturally in the body) to build up. In small amounts your body can eliminate the silver through urination and by binding it into protein complexes. When you ingest too much silver, these complexes increase in number, and--according to epa.gov--react with mucous membranes and skin cells, which produces the discolouration.

Flu-like Symptoms

Ionic silver hydrosol has also been known to cause flu-like symptoms, such as fever, chills and nausea. This occurs most frequently in individuals who have just started using the solution, and is often an indication that you are using too much. According to drcoldwell.wordpress.com, one theory for the symptoms is that when you start using ionic silver hydrosol, it initially kills off so many pathogens that your immune system becomes temporarily overwhelmed. The solution may also cause harm to the helpful bacteria in your gut, or intestinal flora, which helps you digest food and prevent pathogens from forming.

Other Effects

According to mayoclinic.com, ionic silver hydrosol may also produce a host of other side effects. Although rarely occurring, kidney damage, skin irritation, seizures and other neurological conditions have all been linked to excessive use of the solution. According to the above source, ionic silver hydrosol has also been known to interact with certain medications, including thyroxine, quinolones, tetracycline and penicillamine.

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