Argyria

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What is it?

Argyria results from prolonged contact with or ingestion of silver salts. Argyria is characterized by gray to gray-black staining of the skin and mucous membranes produced by silver deposition. Silver may be deposited in the skin either from industrial exposure or as a result of medications containing silver salts.
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Signs and Symptoms:

Symptoms include blue or silver skin staining, due to overexposure of silver salts.

What does it look like?

Blue or silver skin
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Who does it affect?

The most common cause of argyria is mechanical impregnation of the skin by small silver particles in workers involved in silver mining, silver refining, silverware and metal alloy manufacturing, metallic films on glass and china, electroplating solutions, and photographic processing.

What doctor would you see?

See your dermatologist, they might be able to show you how to reduce the severity of your case.


Treatment:

Taking vitamins A, E, and C will reduce you coloring of your skin. There aren't many treatments available at the moment.

Prognosis:

A permanent and irreversible metallic tinge occurs in the skin of patients with argyria.