Not Your Average Dermatology Patient: The Man with Blue Skin

The “man with blue skin” actually has argyria. He developed it by drinking a homemade brew of colloidal silver, believed by some to be a panacea. The silver permanently deposits around sweat glands giving the skin a blue-grey hue. There is no treatment for it, and it is as impressive in person as it is in the video.

Fortunately argyria is rare nowadays in part because of better regulation of silver-containing tonics. Blue patients do still sometimes walk into dermatology clinics, often to the dismay of the nursing staff who rush to get oxygen before they realize what the patient actually has.

I also had a purple patient recently, but that’s a story for another day.

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  1. Well, eight years ago, I ingested colloidal silver more than my body could get rid of and I unhappily turned gray on my face because of it. Some people noticed it and some people didn’t. Anyway, here I am knowing I have what they call Argyria. Colloidal silver has helped a lot of people keep their bacteria and virus’ at bay, but is it worth the side effects of turning a different color? My bedridden mother was able to heal her bedsore with colloidal silver when absolutely nothing else seemed to work though she wasn’t ingesting it, just applying it.

    I’ve read that laser can really help minimize the gray or blue colored skin caused by Argyria on some individuals. I searched and found a doctor experienced in using the right kind of laser, thank goodness he was willing to help me. This doctor also removes tattoos which is kind of what Argyria is, a tattooing of the skin from ingesting too much colloidal silver. I found Dr. Steven Popkow MD in Los Angeles, California. He is a very gentle and understanding doctor which is so important when it comes to such a sensitive issue. For those seeking help also, his business address is: Skin Laser Center, 12027 Venice Blvd., Suite B, Los Angeles, California 90066 The phone number is: (310) 915-8060

    I’ve had 2 treatments so far and yes it is quite painful, but so worth it. I’ve got my original color back before I had Argyria and I am completely thrilled. With additional laser treatments, Dr. Popkow can treat the rest of the spots that get missed here and there. I feel what Dr. Popkow charges is very reasonable. The cost is around $200 hundred a treatment.

    So, for the people on the west side of the United States, there is a doctor who helps with the discoloration of Argyria and for those who live even further who might want to travel to see Dr. Popkow.

    Today, I don’t have to walk around worried about who might be wondering why my face is gray because it’s not anymore. I think being ashy made me look like I wasn’t well even though I felt completely fine. The embarrassment of having someone say something about the gray color of my face felt uncomfortable even though I was completely frank. I’m not a person that likes to hide, so I just went on living, but I feel the relief big time now thanks to Dr. Popkow. He has definitely changed my life for the better. The joy I feel is immeasurable.

    I take chlorella everyday to help chelate metals out of the body internally. The silver is not just in the skin so cleansing is very important.

    This is my journey and my BIG lesson and I hope that I may be of help somehow to others.

    I can’t speak for everyone with Argyria as I know some people with Argyria are darker gray or bluer than others, but for me, the laser treatment worked at lighting my skin color to a more natural skin tone. I hope it can help you also though there are no guarantees. I’m completely happy with my results and I feel normal again. I would love to see relief for others as well. I know what you all are going through.

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