Argyria secondary to ingestion of homemade silver solution

J Am Acad Dermatol. 2005 Aug;53(2 Suppl 1):S105-7. doi: 10.1016/j.jaad.2004.09.026.


Argyria is a rare skin disease caused by cutaneous deposition of silver granules in the skin as a result of exposure to silver substrate or ingestion of silver salt. This report describes a patient with generalized argyria caused by ingestion of homemade colloidal silver solution. The patient learned about the uses of the silver solution and its preparation at a convention for "natural medicine."

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Argyria / etiology
  • Argyria / pathology*
  • Biopsy
  • Forearm
  • Homeopathy
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Silver Compounds / administration & dosage
  • Silver Compounds / adverse effects


  • Silver Compounds