January 18, 2018
Hydrogen Peroxide for Wounds: Yea or Nay?
Ask the Experts

Hydrogen Peroxide for Wounds: Yea or Nay?

by Berkeley Wellness  

Q: Does hydrogen peroxide help heal cuts, or is that a myth? I heard that when it “bubbles” it is cleaning the wound.

A: It is unnecessary and may actually dam­age skin and retard healing. That’s also true of other harsh antiseptics such as rubbing alcohol, iodine, and hexylresorcinal. Use hydrogen peroxide only if directed to do so by a doctor or other health care provider.

Simple irrigation is the key to cleaning a wound—just hold it under cool running water. Use soap on the surrounding skin, try­ing not to get it on the wound itself. If you see dirt particles, remove them with tweezers.

Also see Wound Care Essentials.