Silver Nitrate is an inorganic compound. Which means that is has been created to perform a specific function. Primarily used in many photography applications, due to the fact that the compound is far less sensitive to light then other compounds. As an oxidant, silver nitrate should be properly stored away from other organic compounds.It is considered toxic and corrosive, brief exposure will not produce any immediate side effects other than the purple, brown or black stains on the skin, but upon constant exposure to high concentrations, side effects will be noticeable, which include burns.
Silver nitrate is presently not regulated in water sources by the Environmental Protection Agency. The United States Environmental Protection Agency used to have a maximum contaminant limit for silver in water. However, it is still important to be wary before ingesting any sort of silver-ion solution. Additional research is being done on the application for disinfection and the removal of certain warts.