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Colloidal Silver and EDTA vs. BEG Nasal Spray

older woman using a colloidal silver nasal spray

Colloidal Silver and EDTA vs. BEG Nasal Spray

Colloidal silver nasal spray with EDTA is becoming more frequently prescribed than BEG nasal spray for treating chronic sinusitis from MARCoNS. BEG nasal spray has long been a first-line treatment for treating chronic sinusitis experienced by individuals exposed to environments where toxic mold is present. The recent switch to colloidal silver combined with EDTA from BEG nasal spray has been advanced by leading figures in the field of biotoxin illness treatment. Colloidal silver has been used to treat nasal infections, pink eye, ear infections, warts, and more.

Dr. Shoemaker’s Protocol for Biotoxin Illness

Dr. Ritchie Shoemaker was a pioneer in recognizing that individuals exposed to mold developed symptoms that persisted even after leaving the contaminated building. The Shoemaker protocol involves a series of steps to help patients relieve the persistent symptoms of mold exposure. The protocol begins with diagnosis and testing and proceeds to the use of cholestyramine if necessary. Cholestyramine helps to clear toxins from the body by binding to them in the gut. The cholestyramine is then expelled from the body with the toxins.

If symptoms of sinusitis exist as a result of mold exposure, a nasal spray may be used to clear multiple antibiotic resistant coagulase negative staph (MARCoNS) from the nasal passages. In Dr. Shoemaker’s initial protocol he recommended BEG nasal spray for this purpose. Recently, he changed his recommendation to colloidal silver nasal spray based on his years of experience treating biotoxin illness. However BEG nasal spray is still prescribed by many healthcare providers.

What is BEG Nasal Spray?

BEG is a combination of bactroban, edetate disodium (EDTA), and gentamicin together in one nasal spray. This combination works to first eradicate the biofilm that harbors the bacteria with the chelating agent EDTA, and then eliminate the infection with the antibiotic gentamicin. The most common BEG spray combination is bactroban 0.2%, EDTA 1%, gentamicin 0.5%. BEG spray can be effective at clearing resistant infections from the nasal passages and sinuses however it does contain an antibiotic. Patients are sometimes hesitant about using antibiotics, which have been associated with negative side effects. Additionally, antibiotic use has become so prevalent that many bacteria are becoming resistant.

What is Colloidal Silver and EDTA Nasal Spray?

This combination nasal spray replaces gentamicin in BEG spray with colloidal silver. One of the benefits colloidal silver has over gentamicin is it is less likely that bacteria will develop resistance. Silver is also low in toxicity with limited adverse effects when used in therapeutic dosages.

Silver has been used in medicine for its antimicrobial properties for thousands of years. It is used to dress wounds and for sterilization in healthcare facilities. Colloidal silver is silver that has been dispersed in a solution so that it will not settle. There will be no particles of silver at the bottom of a colloidal silver nasal spray bottle if it is left to sit. EDTA is the chelating agent already discussed that clears the biofilm so colloidal silver can attack the infection.

Colloidal silver with EDTA has been used in cases where an infection is resistant to treatment with BEG nasal spray. Now healthcare providers who treat patients with mold-related illnesses are prescribing colloidal silver with EDTA as a first-line therapy for chronic sinusitis. Patients report symptom relief with both types of nasal sprays, and further research is needed to determine more accurately which is the most effective. However healthcare providers are increasingly prescribing a colloidal silver and EDTA combination based on their clinical experience and the advice of leading experts in the biotoxin illness field.


Mold Illness Treatment – Step by Step – SurviningMold.com

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  3. Ashland Arey

    I was curious if there is an age cut off with either of these nasal sprays. Is it safe in pediatric patients?

    1. woodlandhills pharmacy Post author

      There is no age cut-off, however the colloidal silver spray may burn at first which children may not tolerate. Prescribers sometimes cut back the dosing of BEG spray for younger patients.


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