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A 16-year-old male asked:

Can i put hydrogen peroxide on an open wound?

3 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Robert Jackson
Dermatology 44 years experience
It will: It will only help if the wound is crusty.
Dr. David Hardin
Wound care 37 years experience
Peroxide damages healing tissue
Sep 23, 2013
Dr. David Hardin
Wound care 37 years experience
Don't: Peroxide disrupts healing tissue the only reason to use it would be to clean dirt and debris once from a very dirty wound but flushing with saline would be greatly preferable.
Dr. Jeffrey Clemens
General Surgery 38 years experience
Not advised: Hydrogen peroxide impairs wound healing, use a commercial wound irrigation solution, which any drug store can help you with. Just saline (salt water) is acceptable.

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