Is It Safe to Drink Hydrogen Peroxide?
When used for wound cleansing at a low concentration, hydrogen peroxide is probably safe in many situations. Swallowing very small amounts is not likely to cause dangerous problems, although rare cases of serious problems have been reported.
However, drinking more than a tiny amount of hydrogen peroxide or taking it at higher concentrations is definitely unsafe. By doing so, you put yourself at risk of serious problems, including:
- Burns in the mouth, throat, esophagus, and stomach
- Bleeding in the stomach
- Nausea and vomiting
- Inflammation of the intestines
- Rupture of the colon
- Stomach ulcer.
One notable Web site praises the benefits of hydrogen peroxide, claiming that when given by mouth or IV, the substance has been used successfully for several conditions, such as cancer, HIV, and multiple sclerosis. However, there is very little real evidence to suggest that it works for any purpose -- even wound care, a traditional use of hydrogen peroxide.
(Click Food Grade Hydrogen Peroxide to learn more about why it is not safe to drink hydrogen peroxide.)