Problems With Concentrated Hydrogen Peroxide
Side Effects of Concentrated Hydrogen PeroxideHydrogen peroxide is also available in industrial strengths (10% or higher). These industrial strengths, which are not intended for human consumption, include the so-called "food grade" hydrogen peroxide (35%). These higher strengths can be extremely dangerous, especially if they are not diluted appropriately.
Side effects associated with swallowing concentrated hydrogen peroxide include:
- Severe burns of the mouth, throat, esophagus, and stomach
- Stomach bleeding
- Ulcerative colitis
- Intestinal gangrene
- Air embolism (a potentially life-threatening air bubble in the bloodstream)
- Swelling of the brain
Skin contact with concentrated hydrogen peroxide can cause severe burns and even gangrene. Eye exposure to can cause serious eye damage.
Tell your healthcare provider if you develop any problems that you think may be hydrogen peroxide side effects. Your healthcare provider will likely be interested in such reactions and may even want to report them to a medical journal, especially if the side effects are particularly serious or interesting.
You should also let your healthcare provider know if you develop something that "just does not seem right" during treatment with hydrogen peroxide. While it may not be related to use of the product, your healthcare provider will be able to diagnose and treat the problem.