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How does hydrogen peroxide heal cuts and wounds?

How does hydrogen peroxide heal cuts and wounds?

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 even damage healing tissue. Does it bubble when "germs" are present? No, it just bubbles. ...Read more

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Can you use carbamide peroxide on cuts/burns?

Can you use carbamide peroxide on cuts/burns?

Basics of Wound Care: The real question is what not to do that slows down healing. Avoid using alcohol, peroxide, hibiclens, betadine, and bleach solutions. Inflammation ( red, hot, swollen, tender) is important to healing so anti-inflammatories (motrin, advil) are bad. Cover the area with a clean dressing changed every other day and protected from trauma. Antibiotics do not help healing unless it is truly infected. ...Read more

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What does hydrogen peroxide do for cuts?

What does hydrogen peroxide do for cuts?

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 irrigation with water, i.E "the solution to pollution is dilution". ...Read more

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Is hydrogen peroxide good for cuts? Witch hazel/alcohol stings

Is hydrogen peroxide good for cuts? Witch hazel/alcohol stings

Hydrogen Peroxide: Hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) is not very good as an antiseptic. Cleaning injured skin with hydrogen peroxide may lead to tissue damage. Although hydrogen peroxide was often used in the past for wound care – that is not recommended. It may delay healing. ...Read more

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How exactly does hydrogen peroxide work to heal cuts and infections?

How exactly does hydrogen peroxide work to heal cuts and infections?

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. ...Read more

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Hydrogen peroxide or witch hazel on cuts, which is better?

Hydrogen peroxide or witch hazel on cuts, which is better?

Cuts: Hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) is not very good as an antiseptic. Cleaning injured skin w hydrogen peroxide may lead to tissue damage. Although hydrogen peroxide was often used in the past for wound care – that is not recommended. It may delay healing. Witch hazel is a plant extract which was used medicinally by American Indians. It has astringent & antioxidant qualities & may help to heal broken skin ...Read more

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Which is better for cleaning out a cut peroxide or alcohol?

Which is better for cleaning out a cut peroxide or alcohol?

Both are limited: Hydrogen peroxide is actually quite good to use on a dirty or acutely infected wound. The down side is that it coagulates proteins, forming pieces of matter that will most likely sit in the wound and serve as food for organisms. Alcohol is not good on wounds period. It will cause destruction of all living cells in the wound including your own. ...Read more

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Is peroxide good to use if cut?

Is peroxide good to use if cut?

OK but not essential: Assuming this is a relatively clean cut, the best thing to do is wash it 2-3 times/day with soap and water, apply a little Bacitracin ointment to keep it moist and cover with a band-aid. If it is too big, bleeds too much, is dirty, or is on a cosmetically sensitive area, you should have it evaluated by your doctor. Good luck! ...Read more

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Bit my tongue hard, slight cut, should I use peroxide?

Bit my tongue hard, slight cut, should I use peroxide?

Half-strength OK: The main goal is to keep the wound clean. Tongue wounds generally heal very rapidly. Half-strength peroxide (mixed 1:1 with water) is a good agent to swish around and then spit out to cleanse the oral cavity. ...Read more

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Is it true that hydrogen peroxide suppose to smoke when it is applied to a cut?

Is it true that hydrogen peroxide suppose to smoke when it is applied to a cut?

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. ...Read more

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I just put hydrogen peroxide on my son's cut and his skin turned white briefly. Is that normal?

I just put hydrogen peroxide on my son's cut and his skin turned white briefly. Is that normal?

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 become normal. No need to worry about this. ...Read more

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Why does hydrogen peroxide bubble when it is applied to a wound? Just applied some to a cut, and it bubbled up and formed a crusty layer on it.

Why does hydrogen peroxide bubble when it is applied to a wound? Just applied some to a cut, and it bubbled up and formed a crusty layer on it.

Hydrogen Peroxide: Blood & cells contain catalase. This enzyme is released in wounds. Catalase + hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) = water (H2O) + Oxygen (O2). The foam/ bubbles that arise are oxygen. ...Read more

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For small small cuts im told to use peroxide, but is that good for large gashes as well?

Probably yes: Best advice if you are dealing with rapid loss of blood is to hold pressure untill bleeeding stops and seek medical care asap. ...Read more

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What are the chances a cut/ wound is infected if it bubbles when you put hydrogen peroxide on it?

What are the chances a cut/ wound is infected if  it bubbles when you put hydrogen peroxide on it?

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 tends to kill the "healing" cells, so i personally do not recommend it. ...Read more

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What to do if i cut my wrist and i don't want it to get infected do I use anti-peroxide or neosporin?

Wound Care: Stop bleeding by applying pressure. Rinse wound w clean water. Clean surrounding skin w soap & water on wash cloth. Remove debris w tweezers. If material remains in wound – seek medical care. Apply antibiotic ointment. Initially cover w bandage until some healing has occurred. Change bandage when soiled/ wet or at least daily. Need tetanus shot if you haven't had one in last 10 years, don't know ...Read more

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