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Should You Use Hydrogen Peroxide to Clean Wounds?

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Hydrogen Peroxide: It fizzes, it stings, but does it actually do you any good? Find out on this week's Quick Question! Hosted by: Hank Green ---------- Support SciShow by becoming a patron on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/scishow ---------- Dooblydoo thanks go to the following Patreon supporters -- we couldn't make SciShow without them! Shout out to Justin Ove, Fatima Iqbal, Linnea Boyev, Kathy & Tim Philip, Kevin Bealer, Justin Lentz, Chris Peters, and Philippe von Bergen. ---------- Like SciShow? Want to help support us, and also get things to put on your walls, cover your torso and hold your liquids? Check out our awesome products over at DFTBA Records: http://dftba.com/scishow ---------- Looking for SciShow elsewhere on the internet? Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/scishow Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/scishow Tumblr: http://scishow.tumblr.com Instagram: http://instagram.com/thescishow ---------- Sources:
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jay yu (6 дней назад)
is the mixing of blood and peroxide look satisfying to anyone? or is it just me?
Rivers_of_Blood Marshal (1 месяц назад)
My dog has a large tuor on her leg and its bleeding from her chewing on it., if the HP kills all cells, then if I put it on her tumor, it should kill off some of the caner too ?
Pixel Fox (1 месяц назад)
I mostly use hydrogen peroxide to clean out scratches from my cats. Those aren't crazy dangerous by themselves, and the scab up very fast, but the claws themselves often have some nasty bacteria on them. (Cat scratch fever, anyone?) So I figure overkill isn't the worst thing in the world in that scenario.
Kazini (1 месяц назад)
Antispetic. Typo.
Frank Wagner (1 месяц назад)
What about rubbing alcohol or polysporin?
Daily Sports (2 месяца назад)
Hydrogen peroxide indeed help with wound healing specially with diabetic wounds..3%. but not a very strong antiseptic due to the fact that bacteria produce catalase enzyme to protect themselves. However it ellicit a strong cascade of biochemical acute phase inflammatory response specially with wound healing inhibitors like prescribed topical corticisteroids. And also metalloproteinases that activate the removal necrotic tissues, thus aiding chemical devridement of wound and expediting a more scarless healing. Doctors are normally the dumbest creature on planet earth. Of course a high concertration of peroxide is detrimental to wound healing causing severe damage, however 3% solution is perfectly fine for those with impaired wound. healing. Honey also contains hydrogen peroxide.
Damien Lucier (2 месяца назад)
Tequila
Dorissa Claire (3 месяца назад)
Then why did my doctor tell me to use it to clean a surgical incision? Is it eating my cells as well? *gasp*
Wenjin Chua (3 месяца назад)
Why do some hospitals use hydrogen peroxide to treat patients’ wounds? +SciShow
George Peter Enriquez (3 месяца назад)
Got it. I have a wound and its already healing then I put HydrogenPeroxide after washing the wound and it become fresh again.
jaster mereel (4 месяца назад)
that burn means it's working you pussies
Goat Eli (4 месяца назад)
I’m bleeding while watching this video
PathisNarrow (4 месяца назад)
CELLS USE IT TO KILL CANCER, ITS NOT WASTE DUMB DUMB
Will McKenzie (4 месяца назад)
Antispepis
SteveVi0lence (5 месяцев назад)
I just used it to deep clean a worsening wound. And I had to scrap out green and pus. At the end of the day, a clean wound is better than leaving it to fester.
Riana Krista Mandia (5 месяцев назад)
It always depends on what kind of wound you are having... There's no hydrogen peroxide that could heal the wound of a painful past. 💔💔💔
Hmm (9 месяцев назад)
My mom has been lying to me... well if anything I'll just use it when I get the wound very recently just to kill any other bacteria. Then just use water and soap.
ILIJA1993 (9 месяцев назад)
This is medicaly wrong, hydrogen is good for small wounds and scratches. It kills bacteria, especially anaerobic ones, and also washes out all the dirt with bubbles(which are created in reaction with proteins). Also it does not hurt, unless the wound contaminated witj bactera or if the wound is deep (in witch case you should not even touch it, just get a doctor).
levi plopper (9 месяцев назад)
Is dnews a trusted source cause i put peroxide in a open wound hole in my toe and i might of killed a section of my toe
Tempria~ (10 месяцев назад)
Can I still use it to clean my ears?
Micheal Jones (10 месяцев назад)
What about using it in your ear? Used it as a kid to clean ear wax and dirt
spidermeow2014 (10 месяцев назад)
However, in the case that you worry about flesh-eating bacteria infection, it may be wise to treat the wound with H2O2 before bandaging it. A little pain from the bubbles may save a lot of worrying or worse.
NoodleDaddy (10 месяцев назад)
my mom always told me the fizzing meant it was working??
Maryia Lucia (10 месяцев назад)
I cleaned a knife with it
John Pfeifer (10 месяцев назад)
i never clean my cuts.. or use bandaids or anything. never had one get infected before. your immune system will never learn to kill bacteria if you never let it. one time i was working on a 40 year old engine.. coated in old nasty grease and dirt.. my hands were caked in it, and i accidently took a chunk out of my thumb.. i wrapped it in my shirt and kept working.. when it wouldn't stop bleeding i wrapped it in toilet paper and electrical tape and never bothered to wash it out. took the tape off the next day and let it heal. didn't even get all the nasty old dirt and grease out till like a week later.
FGV Cosmic (10 месяцев назад)
Real men use fleuroantimonic acid
TechPimp (10 месяцев назад)
Can you use it as mouth wash?
LCARS43278 (10 месяцев назад)
I'm happy to give up a few healthy cells to avoid an infection thanks.
SnowblindOtter (10 месяцев назад)
If you have to use antiseptic, iodine tinctures are the best way to go about that.
Kristoffer Serrano (10 месяцев назад)
Why dont use a solution of it , like a dilluted version???
Fusion Tricycle (10 месяцев назад)
Than when would you use hydrogen peroxide if you use it at all?
Curls (10 месяцев назад)
Can we use salt?
theblackdeath357 (10 месяцев назад)
What about isopropyl alcohol?
Ron White (10 месяцев назад)
There's a crime scene cleanup outfit who uses lots of peroxide to dilute blood before sucking it up with a vacuum cleaner. They prefer peroxide over bleach.
vin 950 (10 месяцев назад)
I usually just use superglue. It works like a charm, and seals the wound in the process, as long as you wipe off the blood first. Otherwise you get a long string of solid blood instead, and the wound stays open. I used to do a lot of flintknapping with obsidian, and so my hands used to be covered in tiny cuts, and since obsidian is so sharp, even a tiny cut is enough to leak quite a bit of blood. And hands slippery or sticky with blood make holding onto the stone really hard. So superglue fixes the problem real quick. Other than that, I have used pine resin that I collect and purify for making varnish. a small chunk of warmed up resin tends to cover a wound rather well, and its antibacterial on top of that. I have heard honey also works.
Dr.Megatron (10 месяцев назад)
What about iodine
K Harrop (10 месяцев назад)
Could you use hydrogen peroxide on cancer cells then ??
emilee yh. (10 месяцев назад)
Peroxide of any kind gives me a rash I had to explain that to my neighbor when I gashed open my knee
it's Grandpa's heart in that Blue Eyes Dragon (10 месяцев назад)
Wtf, why dont people use alcohol to clean their wounds?
I don't want people to know who I am (11 месяцев назад)
Hydrogen peroxide doesn't hurt tho, at least it didn't for me, that's why I used it.
Vladimir Pereira (11 месяцев назад)
He looks like John Green
DOT (11 месяцев назад)
I have never seen a child bounce off of a wall in my life.
Ferny Carrasco (11 месяцев назад)
In my country we use iodopovidone whenever you cut yourself or something like that, and when I went to live to the use I found it so weird that people used hydrogen peroxide xD idk why
Abbie Moorcroft (11 месяцев назад)
That awkward moment when you realise you use an antiseptic on your acne...
Onyx-Niight (11 месяцев назад)
What about rubbing alcohol
theITproductions1 (1 год назад)
I remember I had a pretty nasty cut on my knee and my mom insisted on using hydrogen peroxide. It burned like hell, and it fizzed... Finally I can prove what I've been saying all along...
Haley Garcia (1 год назад)
(Through experience) some wounds do benefit from the short use of the peroxide. As in, don't leave it on the wound for more than 30 seconds. In one instance, I had a canker sore on the inside of my lip for over a week. A white-ish scab had formed over it, apparently preventing/prolonging the healing process. I applied a small amount (so small that I used a Q-tip to dry it up after) and let it sit until the scab was gone. The sore was gone in 2 days. I'm not recommending this if you don't trust yourself, as ingesting this stuff can cause some really, really serious problems- so just be very careful if you do chose to do this. As for any other wounds, as the video stated, if it's serious please see a doctor, and if it's not don't worry about it because it'll be gone shortly.
TazeMeBro McCleskey (1 год назад)
Yeah I was putting it on a wound daily because after a shower the scab would slide off. I have a half an inch diameter scar that was larger than the actual wound. (Shot with a pellet gun in chest shirtless)
pippo spano (1 год назад)
here's to a good piece of bad advice.
obiwahn dagobah (1 год назад)
Never heard of treating wounds with Hydrogen Peroxide. Is that an American thing? It sounds like pre-World-War medicine
futbal (1 год назад)
what happens if we spray it like more than 7 or 9 it that bad?
Idaho Spud (1 год назад)
My doctors agree with this video.
Geflügel HNZ (1 год назад)
I wouldn't use an antispetic either. An antiseptic would go for me, though
Perfect Skin (1 год назад)
you really don't want to use water to clean cuts, considering what they put in water. alcohol or hydrogen peroxide are not only good at killing bacteria , but they both damage nerve receptors creating heat to warm up the dermis layers so that skin can fully regenerate.
Zenzetsu [Elite] (1 год назад)
1:45 Most doctors and researchers wouldn't recommend using an antispetic
verifiedmartian (1 год назад)
I'm 16 and I skin my knee all the time because I run and my left ankle always folds up, it ain't child exclusive!
Lord Escanor (1 год назад)
Hydrogen Peroxide is used as a debridling agent in wound care and oral health. Essentially you use it to break down foreign materials in a wound. Its extremely good at removing dirt from wounds compared to alcohol and allows the aid to see the remaining particles unlike Iodine. Soap is still better because of its ability to capture oils which most pathogens and bacteria enjoy floating in.
Michael King (1 год назад)
The difference is we can make new cells. Just don't overuse peroxide
That Fact Guy (1 год назад)
Typo at 1:41... it says "antispetic"
Xtreme J (1 год назад)
I cut my knee riding my bike when I was younger. I poured this stuff on the cut every friday for 2 months. I ended up with REALLY bad staph infection. I had to get surgery 3 months later
_pudu (1 год назад)
Can you use it on dogs? What if the dogs licks it?
Megan Martinez (1 год назад)
It is good to use hydrogen peroxide on some wounds. Like cat bites. Cats can carry bacteria that is dangerous to humans. The needle like teeth that cats have cause thin, deep wounds that heal over quickly, trapping the bacteria inside. Using hydrogen peroxide to clean it out gets rid of most of the bacteria and causes your body to heal a bit slower, so that whatever is left doesn't get trapped inside.
Ivan Samodelkin (1 год назад)
We always use hydrogen peroxide not to clean wounds but rather to stop the bleeding
Roland Lee (1 год назад)
Mix it with acetone.
Adam B (1 год назад)
just use Dettol lol
speedsterone (1 год назад)
I use bleach, then swallow a few mouthfuls just to be sure
P K (1 год назад)
I am a real man, I clean my wounds with fire and molten iron as the Gods of Metal intended! So if you may excuse me, I'm drinking my dayly dose of gasoline now.
The Real Flenuan (1 год назад)
Doesn't soap also kill all cells
RJ 1999 (1 год назад)
This guy has no idea what he's talking about. I've used hydrogen peroxide on cuts and wounds and even an infected toe, it works great, no pain what so ever and heals much quicker than nothing at all.
Blank (1 год назад)
The reason you shouldn't use it is because it further damages you. It impedes the healing process instead of aiding it.
nothing to think about (1 год назад)
if peroxide doesn't care what cells it kills,then could hydrogen peroxide be used to cure cancer because it could kill all the excessive cells
Jacob J (1 год назад)
just burn it off with a blowtorch hi the blowtorch burning your skin for about 15 minutes straight you have a small chance of getting a 6th degree burn but it kills the bacteria
King DAmnJoon (1 год назад)
but...the fizz is so SAtiFyinG!
A. J. (1 год назад)
antispectic should be antiseptic, lol
Sohaib A (1 год назад)
Answer: You shouldn't.
Chromosome Extract (1 год назад)
Or use alcohol, like rubbing alcohol works well as far as I see.
Marky Mark 9OOI (1 год назад)
so neosporin isn't good?
Pigeons 101 (1 год назад)
I use it to stop wounds from getting infected. Works great, clean it, keep neosporin on it with a bandaid until it heels. If it's in a spot that isn't great for a bandaid, I rub salt in it before bed. Yes salt, by morning the cut is looking a lot better.
Jimmy D (1 год назад)
you have a typo at 1:44 : antispetic instead of antiseptic
Lubricated Tittie burger (1 год назад)
I use alcohol
ElectricPyroclast (1 год назад)
When would alcohol be appropriate for treating wounds instead of water/soap?
Vegetarians Taste Better (1 год назад)
As a nurse, we generally don't use hydrogen peroxide on wounds (even though I grew up using it all the time!). When I rarely use hydrogen peroxide for things at work, I usually dilute it with normal saline. Simple wounds, I tell my patients normal saline (which I give them) or soap and water.
Jingya Sun (1 год назад)
What about rubbing alcohol?
Science Vids (1 год назад)
Or you could have just told me I've been doing it wrong for 27 years!! 😂😭😋😎
ASBQuez (1 год назад)
In bio class, I also learned hydrogen peroxide is used to kill anaerobic bacteria (which means bacteria that have to live in an oxygen-free environment, such as the inside of your body) because the oxygen it produces will kill the anaerobes, too.
fcfdroid (1 год назад)
alcohol?
Felix Stöger (1 год назад)
Maybe I'm misinformed, but it to me appears as if some methods used in 'Merica are rather crude... I'm from Austria and nobody would EVER use Hydrogen Peroxide on a wound. Nobody I know even has any at home... Over here, we have close to 10 different disinfectants specifically designed to treating wounds the most effective yet nondestructive ways...
jose Munoz (1 год назад)
real man use spit and electrical tape
ReZisT Lust (1 год назад)
if your ever hurt just remember... drink your own piss and everything will be ok
Paradox (1 год назад)
I just fucking used it -_-
roguedogx (1 год назад)
no neosporan, really?
Apsody (1 год назад)
Interesting , too bad i didnt see this before i cut my finger, i cut a bit of my finger and after a day it got infected , so i used hydrogen peroxide (oxigenated water) to clean the wound, and i would put my finger in it and hold it in there for minutes, i like how it went very bubbly but it also sometimes hurt and sting, i thought it was normal ,that it was killing the infection.
O Fira (1 год назад)
I will still use peroxide. It helped speed up the healing process on my wounds. The second after the fizzing subsides I pour distilled water on it to rinse excess peroxide off.
Jacno77 (1 год назад)
don't just use cold water and soap, use polysporin. Cells can move faster in a wet environment (in this case polysporin is sterile, so it doesn't have to fight bacteria also). If your cells move faster it can also heal faster. If a wound takes to long to heal scar tissue starts to take the place of normal skin
Adrian Heys (1 год назад)
So you're telling me, that Hydrogen Peroxide literally tears cells apart. That's pretty cool.
Fedora Molded (1 год назад)
"Antispetic"
Vatra (1 год назад)
I find a personal humour in the fact that I just used hydrogen peroxide on a wound for the first time in quite possibly a decade, or perhaps longer. After doing so I open youtube and this is the first video in my suggested. I've concluding youtube is stalking me.
Vatra (1 год назад)
I find a personal humour in the fact that I just used hydrogen peroxide on a wound for the first time in quite possibly a decade, or perhaps longer. After doing so I open youtube and this is the first video in my suggested. I've concluding youtube is stalking me.
Andrew R (1 год назад)
I don't think I've ever used hydrogen peroxide
FarrierJess (1 год назад)
I am a vet tech, and one thing we use peroxide for (besides cleaning up blood) is MAYBE, SOMETIMES, IF WE LACK ANOTHER THING TO USE, the very first cleaning of a wound. Beyond that it's too aggressive, as stated in the video. BUT if you get a cut or a scrape that doesn't need professional medical attention, and all you have is peroxide, it's not unheard of to be encouraged to use it for the initial cleaning. Beyond that, soap and water. Chlorahexadine is a good choice, one we use VERY often, because it's not as dangerous to your own cells. You can get it at Walmart. Chlorahex is also our go-to agent for initial cleanings, but when you're out on a farm call, sometimes all you've got is peroxide.

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