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does hydrogen peroxide heal cuts

A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Hardin
36 years experience Wound care
IT DOESN'T: The only real use for peroxide is to help wash stuff out of a dirty wound. It doesn't kill bacteria even as much as a topical antibiotic. It will ev ... Read More
Dr. Scott Bolhack
35 years experience Wound care
Hydrogen peroxide: Do not use hydrogen peroxide for wounds. It is toxic to healthy tissue.

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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joel Gallant
36 years experience Infectious Disease
It doesn't: It doesn't heal cuts. In fact, it can delay wound healing. When it's used, it's used to kill bacteria, not to heal wounds.
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marcus Romanello
18 years experience Emergency Medicine
Mild disinfectant: May be used in small quantities as a wound disinfectant. Mild soap and water irrigation just as effective for most minor wounds. Key is copious irri ... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Karl Spector
25 years experience Addiction Medicine
Umm... smoke?: "smoke, " no. Bubble up, yes--if the wound is infected. Rinse and clean the wound liberally to avoid infection and see a physician if necessary.
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Dr. Evans Prieston
44 years experience Pharmacology
Peroxide Bleaching: Yes. This is perfectly normal with hydrogen peroxide. Peroxide actually has a bleaching action on the skin which will eventually fade and once again ... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
25 years experience Psychiatry
Hydrogen Peroxide: Blood & cells contain catalase. This enzyme is released in wounds. Catalase + hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) = water (H2O) + Oxygen (O2). The foam/ bub ... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Vitaliy Krol
19 years experience Infectious Disease
Ringworm : Ringworm is a fungal infection and should be treated with antifungals creams. There's no data on hydrogen peroxide use
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Lipton
30 years experience Holistic Medicine
Cuts: Peroxide is less caustic and safe, witch hazel is an astringent and can clean the area better.
A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Martin Tyson
27 years experience Addiction Medicine
Not diagnostic: Most wounds will bubble with peroxide-- does not imply infection at all. Question should really be whether you should be using peroxide at all! - it ... Read More
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Mcgowan
Specializes in Family Medicine
Yes: There should be no concern to your baby from the topical application of Hydrogen peroxide. I would make sure the cut is not infected though, keep it ... Read More

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