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Colloidal Silver Hair Growth

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author image Jim Thomas
Jim Thomas has been a freelance writer since 1978. He wrote a book about professional golfers and has written magazine articles about sports, politics, legal issues, travel and business for national and Northwest publications. He received a Juris Doctor from Duke Law School and a Bachelor of Science in political science from Whitman College.
Colloidal Silver Hair Growth
Colloidal silver is unlikely to help regrow hair. Photo Credit Thinkstock/Stockbyte/Getty Images

According to MayoClinic.com, colloidal silver is composed of tiny silver particles suspended in liquid. The silver is identical to the metal that is used to make jewelry, dental fillings and silverware. Some makers of colloidal silver products claim that colloidal silver can effectively treat more than 600 diseases and conditions, including dandruff and dermatitis. But the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has warned that those claims are bogus.

Claims

The website Diagnose-Me states that colloidal silver "is known to be effective against more than 650 illness-causing microorganisms." It is claimed to be effective for everything from acne and arthritis to hepatitis and herpes, to trench foot and tuberculosis. But Stephen Barrett, M.D., on the Quackwatch website, says only some colloidal silver products demonstrate antibiotic properties in lab tests, and lab results don't necessarily mean that colloidal silver is safe or effective in humans.

Hair Loss

Hair loss, including male pattern baldness, is often due to heredity. According to MayoClinic.com, other causes of hair loss include inflammation damage to the follicles, an autoimmune disease with no known cause, a shock to your system from physical or emotional trauma, medications, poor nutrition and disease.

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Argyria

Taking colloidal silver over a period of time can result in argyria, a condition in which the silver is deposited in your eyes, skin and internal organs, turning your skin blue-gray. Argyria was more common before antibiotics were available, when silver was used in nose drops. Although colloidal silver won't regrow hair, it could give you a distinctively blue-gray color on your scalp.

Government Action

The U.S. FDA and the Australian government have taken numerous actions against the manufacturers of colloidal silver products, requiring a number of them to stop making false claims for their products. In 2002, the Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration determined that colloidal silver products could not be marketed without proof that they are safe and effective. The agency based its findings on the lack of evidence to support the therapeutic claims made for colloidal silver products and the risk of silver toxicity to consumers .

Considerations

If you are worried about hair loss, consult your doctor. There are prescription drugs that can sometimes help regrow hair, depending on your type of baldness. There are also some treatments for scalp problems that might be causing or contributing to hair loss. But colloidal silver is not the answer.

As Mayo Clinic internist Brent Bauer states, "Colloidal silver isn't considered safe or effective for any of the health claims manufacturers make." Furthermore, excessive usage of colloidal silver not only can turn your skin blue-gray, it can cause seizures, other neurological disorders, kidney damage and skin irritation.

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