Silver Wound Dressing

Silver for Wounds!

Medical uses of silver include its incorporation into wound dressings to treat external infections, and its use as an antiseptic and disinfectant.

Silver gained regulatory approval as an antimicrobial agent, in the early 1900s.

Before introducing antibiotics, colloidal silver was used as a germicide and disinfectant. It was used by physicians as an eye drop for ophthalmic problems, for various infections, and sometimes internally for diseases such as tropical sprue, epilepsy, gonorrhea, and the common cold. Colloidal silver preparations were used to treat or prevent gonorrhea and gonorrheal conjunctivitis.

It is said that the Phoenicians used to store water, wine, and vinegarin silver bottles to prevent spoiling. In the early 1900s, people would put silver coins in milk bottles to prolong the milk’s freshness.  “Silver has beneficial healing and anti-disease properties” wrote Hippocrates, the “father of medicine”.

The silver ion(Ag+) is bioactive and in sufficient concentration readily kills bacteria in vitro. Silver also kills bacteria in external wounds in living tissue, so physicians use wound dressings containing silver sufadiazine (Ag-SD) or silver nanomaterials to treat external infections. Wound dressings containing silver are increasing in importance due to the recent increase of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, such as MRSA. The disinfectant properties of silver are used in medical applications, such as urinary catheters and endotracheal breathing tubes, where the silver content is effective in reducing incidences of catheter-related urinary tract infections and ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP), respectively. Silver is also used in bone prostheses, reconstructive orthopaedic surgery and cardiac devices, as well as on surfaces and fabrics to reduce the spread of infection.

Historically, colloidal silver was also used as an internal medication to treat a variety of diseases.

Due to the increased demand for antibiotics,  various diseases are developing new strains and becoming antibiotic resistant. The use of colloidal silver is getting more and more of a necessity! We personally wouldn’t be caught dead without it!

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