Genital herpes is a sexually transmitted condition that is caused by the herpes simplex virus and can cause blisters and sores in the genital area. Colloidal silver is a remedy of water infused with silver particles. It is used to destroy bacteria and boost the immune system and can also be applied topically for cuts and rashes. The use of colloidal silver for herpes is still up for debate; however, there are a number of side effects connected to the use of this preparation. It is recommended to use colloidal silver under the supervision of a medical doctor.
Long-term use of colloidal silver can sometimes lead to argyria, which is a condition caused by over exposure to medicinal silver formulas. When this happens, silver salts may begin to form in the eyes, skin and organs and turn the skin a blue-gray color. It can be localized or generalized and cover the entire body. Argyria was more prevalent in the past when oral medicines were infused with silver. With the proliferation of supplements containing silver, this condition could be on the rise again.
There is no medical evidence that supports claims that colloidal silver may be an effective treatment. Some of the manufacturers’ claims that the use of colloidal silver for herpes is an effective treatment stems from the assertion that it is a natural antibiotic. It is purported to eradicate bacteria as well as help to prevent infection. In this way it supposedly can treat conditions such as candida and reduce the side effects associated with herpes. It is said to speed up the healing period and is painless when applied topically to the skin.
Some people are allergic to silver and should not drink or apply the solution at all. For those who can tolerate silver, it tends not affect them negatively unless it is consumed in large amounts over a period of time. Some of the side effects of taking colloidal silver for herpes on a sustained basis could include skin irritations, stomach disorders, fatigue and headaches. More serious are seizures and kidney complications.
Other potential risks of using colloidal silver for herpes can be reduced efficacy of prescribed medications. This can be the case with certain antibiotics and is the reason that it is essential to consult with a doctor when using colloidal silver as an alternative medication choice. Colloidal silver products are generally available in health food stores in certain countries, yet it can be illegal for marketers to tout the solution as a medical treatment.