There have recently been videos touting the use of Hydrogen Peroxide as an inhalant to treat the symptoms of Covid-19. These are not only false, unproven claims, but can be very dangerous to your health. The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America and health experts have warned that inhaling hydrogen peroxide can have harmful effects on the lungs.
My mother always kept Hydrogen Peroxide on hand for minor cuts and burns. Hydrogen peroxide bubbles when it comes into contact with an enzyme called catalase (decomposes hydrogen peroxide into oxygen and water). The bubbles you see when you pour it on a cut are bubbles of oxygen gas. You can swish and spit for swollen gums, and it can even kill Covid-19 on surfaces.
The Agency for Toxic Substances and Registry says inhalation of household-strength hydrogen peroxide can cause respiratory irritation. Meanwhile, ingestion can cause vomiting and stomach irritation.
The concern for using it in a nebulized form is severe irritation to the airways with a lot of additional inflammation. If they’re infected with COVID, this can really exacerbate it and cause severe harm.Dr. Gregory Schrank, an infectious disease specialist at the University of Maryland School of Medicine
If the inhaling of Hydrogen Peroxide causes irritation it can bring on pneumonitis the inflammation of the lung caused by a virus or exposure to irritating substances, preventing oxygen from moving into the bloodstream.
Dr. Amesh Adalja, a senior scholar at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security warns that if people are inhaling instead of seeking medical attention, this could potentially worsen things. Inhalation of highly concentrated solutions of Hydrogen Peroxide can cause severe irritation and inflammation of mucous membranes, with coughing and dyspnoea the difficulty in breathing or in catching the breath.
Hydrogen peroxide is a free radical. Meaning, it’s an unstable atom that can damage cells. If it’s inhaled, it goes to the lungs where it can damage cell membranes. It can even get into the cells once the cell membranes are compromised and it can damage DNA.Jamie Alan, PhD, associate professor of pharmacology and toxicology at Michigan State University
Health organizations and experts say inhaling hydrogen peroxide is dangerous and can potentially harm the lungs. Public health agencies have not listed it as a recommended treatment. No controlled clinical trials have demonstrated that inhaling hydrogen peroxide will prevent or treat COVID-19.
Atlanta’s Channel 46 (CBS) News reporter Savannah Louie came by Stacy’s Compounding Pharmacy, where I work, and interviewed our Pharmacist Kelly Howard about the inhalation fad. The following video is that report. She is standing in front of our pharmacy.