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is hydrogen peroxide the best way to keep a wound clean?

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Dr. LEONARD FAZIO
Dentistry 33 years experience
No.: Peroxide may cause cellular damage and inhibit repair of tissues.
Dr. Michael Miller
Wound care 36 years experience
Superfast healing: The trick is to avoid things that slow down healing. Keep the wound covered and away from open air, avoid toxic substances like peroxide, alcohol, and betadine. Avoid anti-inflammation medicines like Motrin and advil (ibuprofen) as inflammation is important in healing. Protect the wound from stress and trauma. Dressing changes every other to every third day to allow your wound to do its thing.

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A 37-year-old member asked:

How should I apply hydrogen peroxide to a wound for the best results?

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Dr. Tracy Berg
General Surgery 32 years experience
H2O2 not the best: Hydrogen peroxide is good at breaking down cells and kind of fun as it makes foam. However it is not the best for wounds. Wounds need new cells for the healing process, and hydrogen peroxide foams them away. Keep your wound clean, ok to shower and hairdryer the area. Ok to go in to your doc or wound center.
Dr. Keith Monson
General Surgery 23 years experience
Hydrogen peroxide can be used to clean a wound right after it occurs. However, it should not be used after that because it is toxic to the cells that allow for wound healing.
Nov 8, 2012

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