Blue Skin Facts

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Blue Skin People

If you would prefer bluish skin then your diet should include silver.  An over exposure to the chemical form of silver causes an acute discoloration of the skin from normal to blue or bluish-gray in human beings or animals.  This condition is called as Argyria.  The word is a derivative of the Greek word ‘argyros’ which implies ‘silver’. It is due to the deposition of the silver salts on one’s eyes, skin and other internal organs.

WebMD defines Argyria as follows: Argyria is a rare skin condition that can happen if silver builds up in your body over a long time. It can turn your skin, eyes, internal organs, nails, and gums a blue-gray color, especially in areas of your body exposed to sunlight. That change in your skin color is permanent.

In the pre-antibiotic times, this skin disease was more prevalent due to the use of silver in the nasal drops. This disease has now been recognized as a permanent skin disease that is slowly becoming common.  58-year-old Paul Karason suffered a shocking side effect from the drug “colloidal silver,” which he used to treat a skin condition; his skin turned blue.

Blue Skinned People

Paul Karason looked like an ordinary man until about a decade ago, when he began treating himself with silver. Patients develop argyria, which is the permanent collection of silver under the skin. Karason is blue for the rest of his life! Karason died at the age of 62 after having suffered a heart attack.

A family in Troublesome Creek in Kentucky is thought to have genetically passed along blue skin for generations. A French orphan named Martin Fugate arrived in 1820 in Troublesome Creek, a small village area in Eastern Kentucky.  Fugate had seven children with his wife Elizabeth Smith.  Smith was a pale red-headed woman.  Four of the seven children had blue skin and we suppose “the rest is history” as they say.

Here is a nice thorough look at Troublesome Creek and blue skin.

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TIL Methemoglobinemia is a blood disorder which causes severe sufferers to have blue skin. People with the disorder have raised levels of methemoglobin, causing their blood to be brown, and in severe cases, their skin to have a blue hue. from todayilearned

TIL a family of people with blue skin lived in Kentucky for many generations. The Fulgates of Troublesome Creek are thought to have gained their blue skin through combination of inbreeding and a rare genetic condition known as methemoglobinemia. from todayilearned

10 Comments on “Blue Skin Facts”

  1. he is dead now i hope you know that so have fun i know it may have been from a heartattack but it could have increased his risk soo have fun

  2. I wonder what other side effects there are other than having blue skin! If there are no other side effects I’ll probably start eating silver myself!

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