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Use of hydrogen peroxide

Is it safe for a patient diagnosed with diabetes to use hydrogen peroxide for wound cleaning?  Please give reasons for and against, if applicable.  Thank you.
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Use of hydrogen peroxide

Personally I don't use peroxide for that purpose, but that is only because I use a commercial disinfectant solution in water instead. What makes you think peroxide (I presume you mean 3% solution) would be unsuitable for a diabetic compared to any other person?

No wound should be ignored in a diabetic, but I've never seen any advice on refraining from using the same cleaning agents as non-diabetics.

How serious and inflamed is the wound in question and what is the wounded person's blood glucose control like?

If you are in any doubt at all about a wound in a diabetic you should contact the doctor; if the wound is serious or not healing properly then a wounds specialist should be seen urgently.

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Use of hydrogen peroxide

I agree with what Alan said – you really should be seeing a doctor for a wound. I almost lost my leg from what started as dry-cracked skin. I did what I was supposed to do and called the doctor on day one. It still got infected and turned into a two year battle to save my leg. Part of the natural bone in my heel had to be removed. You don’t want to take a chance.

As far as hydrogen peroxide, you don’t want to use that. I was told by my podiatrist not to use it for any reason. He told me to throw away what I had. I don’t remember why he said it, but I did toss out what I had. 

If it is just something minor, you can put something like Neosporin on it until you can get to the doctor. When I was going thru the battle to save my leg, when it was getting close to being healed, they had me using Neosporin.

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Use of hydrogen peroxide

Hydrogen peroxide helps with "cleaning" a wound, and although the oxidation action can help sterilize, it actually can impede healing.  Apparently hydrogen peroxide can kill newly formed skin cells, you can imagine what that can do.

I would not necessarily throw out the peroxide.  I struggle with periodontal problems, and my periodontist actually recommends using peroxide as a mouthwash, but I rotate it in and out with a regular alcohol free mouthwash.

It is always wise to heed Kellys cautions about wounds.
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I would not necessarily throw out the peroxide. I struggle with periodontal problems, and my periodontist actually recommends using peroxide as a mouthwash, but I rotate it in and out with a regular alcohol free mouthwash.

Are you aware of the link between your periodontal disease and diabetes? Read this: Teeth, Gums, Diabetes and Death

Incidentally my periodontist forbade me to use mouthwash of any sort; just clean normally with an electric brush and regularly use the little interdental brushes. I'm not sure why.

I have 3% peroxide in the house, but I don't use it for wounds. In a period when I had a need for a  neutropenic method of food preparation I used the peroxide in combination with vinegar for washing salad vegetables. Occasionally I still do, depending on the source of the veges.  Among my various minor afflictions I also have hypogammaglobulinemia.

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Thanks alan, I am vividly aware of the link between periodontal problems and diabetes.  It is a terrible circle.  The high blood sugars feed gum infection, and then the gum infection as an inflammation drives your blood sugar higher.  My periodontist and dentist are on top of things, always ask about my diabetes when I visit, but elevated blood sugars make periodontal problems very difficult.  My periodontist advises the use of non-alchohol mouthwashes.  I use a interdental brush, flossing and oral irrigation in addition to my trusty sonicare.  But it is a difficult battle, I've not been as lucky as you and have had to see my periodontist and dentist every three months for some years.

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I would not necessarily throw out the peroxide. I struggle with periodontal problems, and my periodontist actually recommends using peroxide as a mouthwash, but I rotate it in and out with a regular alcohol free mouthwash.

Are you aware of the link between your periodontal disease and diabetes? Read this: Teeth, Gums, Diabetes and Death

Incidentally my periodontist forbade me to use mouthwash of any sort; just clean normally with an electric brush and regularly use the little interdental brushes. I'm not sure why.

I have 3% peroxide in the house, but I don't use it for wounds. In a period when I had a need for a  neutropenic method of food preparation I used the peroxide in combination with vinegar for washing salad vegetables. Occasionally I still do, depending on the source of the veges.  Among my various minor afflictions I also have hypogammaglobulinemia.

Cheers, Alan, T2, Australia.
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My main luck is to have been treated by two excellent periodontists over the years. But I've still lost three upper teeth and one bottom one before I got the BGs under control. In hindsight, my BGs were probalby elevated for several years before my official diagnosis.

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