What is it?
Silver nitrate has many uses in industry, in health care, and in the home.  Silver nitrate has been applied to the skin for marking patch test sites, cauterizing bleeding, and healing wounds.  Silver dyes are still widely used at home and in beauty shops for dyeing eyebrows and lashes.

How can I avoid it?
Avoidance requires reading the product labels, package inserts, Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS), and on occasion, direct communication with the manufacturer. 

Uses:
  • Analytic reagent
  • Coloring porcelain
  • Etching ivory
  • Hair dye
  • Manufacturing of mirrors
  • Photographic developing solution
  • Silver plating
  • Styptic agent
  • Alloys and solders
  • Coinage
  • Flatware
  • Medicinal use
  • astrigent
  • antiseptic
  • bladder irrigation
  • treatment for mucosal ulcerations, cervicovaginitis, and conjunctivitis
  • wound treatment and dressings

Other names for Silvery Nitrate:
  • AgNO3
  • Silver nitrite

Potential cross-reacting/co-reacting substances:
  • Nitric acid, silver salt

How safe is it?

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