Silver has been used for centuries in many facets of life ranging from food storage to wound care, according to Adam Friedman, M.D., F.A.A.D. But silver has become more mainstream in the early 1900s and especially after the 1920s when the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved it as a treatment.

Despite its longevity, the use of silver continues to remain a hot topic to this day, says Dr. Friedman, associate professor of dermatology, residency program director and director of translational research in the department of dermatology at The George Washington University School of Medicine & Health Sciences.

Some of that conversational staying power could have to do with the level of misunderstanding surrounding the topic.

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