What is Care 6% Hydrogen Peroxide?
Care 6% Hydrogen Peroxide is a disinfectant which can be used to clean minor wounds, or as a mouthwash or gargle. It releases oxygen when in contact with your body’s tissues, killing any bacteria in the area and acting as a deodorant at the same time.
When would I use this product?
6% Hydrogen Peroxide is perfect when you need to disinfect minor wounds, and can be used on common skin complaints including:
- Minor cuts
- Minor wounds
- Skin ulcers
- Other superficial damage to the skin
Can I use this solution if I’m pregnant or breastfeeding?
If you’re pregnant or breastfeeding, you should speak to your doctor or Chemist 4 U pharmacist before using this product. This product may not be suitable for you at this time, and a medical professional may wish to recommend a different product which will be safe for both you and your baby. Do not use this product during pregnancy or when breastfeeding unless specifically told to by a medical professional.
Can I use this product if I’m taking other medication?
If you’re taking other medication, including those used topically on the skin, you should speak to your doctor or Chemist 4 U pharmacist before using this product. Some medications can interact when used together, causing unwanted side effects or making your medication less effective, but a medical professional can help you to avoid this.
How to use 6% Hydrogen Peroxide
There are two ways that you can use 6% Hydrogen Peroxide, either as a skin disinfectant or as a mouthwash or gargle:
- To use as a skin disinfectant, first dilute a small amount of hydrogen peroxide in an equal amount of water. Soak some cotton wool in this solution and use to clean or dress the wound as needed
- To use as a mouthwash or gargle, first dilute a small amount of hydrogen peroxide with 5 times the amount of water, e.g. 5ml hydrogen peroxide in 25ml of water. Use this solution to gargle or rinse the mouth for 2 – 3 minutes
When should 6% Hydrogen Peroxide not be used?
6% Hydrogen Peroxide is suitable for use by children as a skin disinfectant, but should not be given as a mouthwash or gargle to children under the age of 12 unless specifically advised by a doctor. Do not use this product if you are allergic to hydrogen peroxide or any of the other listed ingredients. Do not swallow. Take care when using this product as it may bleach fabrics it comes into contact with. Do not use this product:
- On normal skin
- In closed body cavities or surgical wounds
- As an enema
- To disinfect surgical instruments
Does this product have any side effects?
Like all medications, 6% Hydrogen Peroxide can have side effects, although not everyone will experience them. These side effects include:
- Irritating burns on the skin and other soft tissues. This can produce a white patch of dead tissue. The pain from this burn will disappear after about an hour.
- Temporary swelling of the tongue when used continuously as a mouthwash
If you notice these or any other side effects while using this product, stop use and speak to your doctor or Chemist 4 U pharmacist right away. For more information about reporting the side effects of medication, please see the MHRA’s Yellow Card Scheme.
How to store this product
Store in a cool, dry place which is below 25 degrees C. Store in original packaging, do not use once expiry date printed on packaging has passed. Keep out of sight and reach of children.
This product is a medicine; make sure to speak to your doctor or Chemist 4 U pharmacist before taking this product if you have an underlying medical problem or are taking any other medicine or complementary therapy. If your symptoms get worse or continue after taking this product, contact us or your doctor. For medical services in your area, please refer to https://www.nhs.uk
If you are pregnant, trying to become pregnant, or breastfeeding, speak to your doctor or our pharmacist before taking this product. If you suffer from any allergies, ask your doctor or our pharmacist if this medicine is right for you.
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Hydrogen peroxide 6% w/v, phosphoric acid (E338), phenacetin, purified water
Can you use hydrogen peroxide for earwax removal?
The answer is yes you can, however, it comes with caveats, read on to find out how you can do it safely.
Ear wax is not a bad thing, your ears make it for a reason. Generally, most people just produce enough wax to protect the ear canal from water and infection. However, some people over produce ear wax, even if you aren't one of them, sometimes, your ears may produce more wax than usual. The wax isn't the problem, it only becomes a problem when it builds up enough to block the ear canal, or it becomes impacted against the eardrum.
When it does, you will need to take action, there are several things you can do, one of them is to use ear drops designed to soften the wax. There are many wax-removing eardrops or solutions available over the counter in pharmacists. While most of these solutions are often oil-based, some use hydrogen peroxide to soften the earwax. This, in theory, allows the wax to come out on its own.
Sourced from Hearing Aid Know How.com.
I suspect I have the beginnings of an athletes foot infection between my little toe and the toe before it. It does not itch but I noticed that the skin was peeling in between the toes. My little toenail is also slightly discoloured which leads me to believe the issue is fungal. I am looking for a natural way to cure this infection and in my googling came across hydrogen peroxide. What is the difference between volumes ie 20 vols and 30 vols? I see both are being sold on the website under the same price. What is the difference between 6% and 9%? Which would you recommend for the treatment of athlete's foot? Lastly, I have been using Daktarin spray for the past two days, how long typically does the peeling last? Thanks in advance.
Hydrogen peroxide can effectively kill the fungus on the surface level of the foot, as well as any surface bacteria that could cause an infection. Pour hydrogen peroxide directly onto the affected area. Note that it may sting, and it should bubble, especially if you have open wounds.
Alternatively, give your feet a good soak in hydrogen peroxide. Before you dunk your feet, remember that hydrogen peroxide can sting when skin is chapped or cracked. Mix a bottle of hydrogen peroxide in 2L of warm water. Soak your feet for about 30 minutes.
The differences between 20 Vols (6%) and 30 Vols (9%) is the strength of hydrogen peroxide and I would recommend the higher strength, as you are diluting.
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