Silver in Medicine

Silver in Medicine

Silver in Medicine

Silver is a precious metal which has as many uses as the human imagination can develop. Creative artists completely change the shape of this white metal into traditional works of silver, like jewelry and silverware.Modern uses of silver depend on the creative exploits of scientists and engineers to meet the changing demands of consumers and industries. Silver is used in a different way in different industries.

While some use rise and fall, such as use of silver in photographic film or somewhere else, other uses may continue to grow, such as the burgeoning production of photovoltaic cells for solar energy. Silver has unique properties, it has high thermal and electrical conductivity. The reflective and antibacterial qualities of silver make it difficult to replace, like a one-of-a-kind silver ring.

The ions of silver act as a catalyst by absorbing oxygen, which in turn kills bacteria by interfering with their respiration. Silver has an antibiotic property, as well as it is non-toxicant. These properties have given this metal an essential role in medicine for thousands of years. Before the widespread use of silver in antibiotics, silver foil was usually wrapped around wounds to help them heal, and silver-protein complexes and colloidal silver were topically applied or ingested to fight illness. Silver has also been in use in eye drops and in dental hygiene to cure and prevent infections.

Silver is not a toxic metal, however, repeat intake of small amounts of silver over time can result in Argyria. This is a condition where silver builds up in body tissue, and gives it a gray-blue appearance when exposed to the sun. In addition to this, the ingestion of large amount of silver can have negative effects on the body. For these reasons, medical doctors repress the use of colloidal silver; however some still claim that colloidal silver is a cure-all dietary supplement.

The presence of antibiotic-resistant superbugs has increased the demand for silver in hospitals. Small amounts of silver can be used to coat hospital surfaces and medical equipments to prevent the spread of pathogens. Silver is used in surgical equipments and wound dressings to protect wounds from infection. Silver sulfadiazine is especially useful for patients having burn marks because it kills bacteria while also allowing the skin to regrow. Silver ion treatments are said to heal bone infections and allow regeneration of the damaged tissues.

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