You would be surprised to know that silver and silver compounds have a toxic effect on various bacteria, viruses, algae and fungi. While heavy metals such as mercury and lead have similar properties, the advantage with silver is that it is not toxic to human beings unlike lead and mercury. Below are some of the ways in which the medical industry has been using silver and silver compounds:
Several topical creams and gels have silver in them and help in speeding up the healing process for burns and cuts.
Hospitals are impregnating their upholstry, bed linen and even carpets in an effort to increase the sterility of their premises.
Silver is commonly used in catherers as they are very effective in reducing bacteria, especially for adults having short-term catheterizations in hospitals.
Because Silver inhibits the growth of bacteria and fungi on clothing, it is being used in clothing such as socks to reduce odors and the risk of bacterial and fungal infections. It is incorporated into clothing or shoes either by integrating silver nanoparticles into the polymer from which yarns are made or by coating yarns with silver. When it is used as a yarn, even washing has only minimal detrimental effect on its anti-bacterial efficacy leading to long lasting effectiveness. These socks are especially useful for people with diabetes who are prone to infections that can lead to further complications.
Silver yarn socks are now available in India. They are quite inexpensive and very comfortable to wear and can protect you from infection. To know more go here.