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Hydrogen Peroxide

Prescription vs.OTC: Prescription by Doctor not required

Hydrogen Peroxide is an antiseptic solution which is mostly a colorless liquid and can be used for sterilization purposes as well. It has a broad range of uses the major of which are--- as antiseptic for the skin, and as mouth rinse. It is much efficient against viruses and bacterias that are not friendly on human skin. It has been used at large for disinfecting wounds and on the skin to cure minor cuts, burns, rashes etc. Hydrogen Peroxide supplies oxygen to the area and removes dead skin cells. Minor mouth irritations like canker, cold sores, and nicks are treated with oral application. It also has a use in tooth whitening and can be found in tooth pastes designed for that purpose.

It can be used on skin directly on the cuts and bruises in small amounts. If it is used as mouth wash, it may be mixed with equal amount of water and swished in the mouth cavity for about a couple of minutes.

Hydrogen Peroxide has no major side effects, but a redness and mild irritation may occur in the application site. Any serious and prolonged side effect must be reported to the doctor very soon.

In addition to its intended effect, Hydrogen Peroxide may cause some unwanted effects too. In such cases, you must seek medical attention immediately. This is not an exhaustive list of side effects. Please inform your doctor if you experience any adverse reaction to the medication.
Abnormal hair growth on a women face and body
Euphoria (feeling of intense excitement and happiness)
Increased appetite
Insomnia (difficulty in sleeping).
Is It safe with alcohol?
No interaction found
Are there any pregnancy warnings?
Unknown. Human and animal studies are not available. Please consult your doctor.
Are there any breast-feeding warnings?
Unknown. Human and animal studies are not available. Please consult your doctor.
Is it safe to drive while on this medicine?
There is no data available. Please consult doctor before consuming the drug.
Does this affect kidney function?
There is no data available. Please consult doctor before consuming the drug.
Does this affect liver function?
There is no data available. Please consult doctor before consuming the drug.
Are there any missed dose instructions?
If you miss a dose of Hydrogen Peroxide, skip it and continue with your normal schedule. Do not double the dose.
Whenever you take more than one medicine, or mix it with certain foods or beverages, you're at risk of a drug interaction.

Popular Questions & Answers

Am of age 25 n from the age of 14 I have more pimples I had consulted doctor wer he I has given some cream to apply after a year of treatment it was less in conditions with acne but some 4 to 5 pimples were common now again am getting the pimples as I have stopped the treatment. Suggest me the best way to reduce these scar n pimples.

MBBS, Diploma in Venerology & Dermatology (DVD)
Dermatologist, Delhi
Am of age 25 n from the age of 14 I have more pimples I had consulted doctor wer he I has given some cream to apply a...
Use a face wash containing salicylic acid and a gel containing Benzoyl peroxide 2.5% at night whenever you have active acne.Drink lots of water.Take food with a high vitamin a, vitamin e and c contents.Regulate your daily activities, lower stress, increase sleep and do some yoga and exercise daily. Acne marks can be removed by microdermabrasion or chemical peels.
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I Read in Lybrate some times back fart is good for heart attack. Why? Please explain me

Homeopath, Chennai
I Read in Lybrate some times back fart is good for heart attack. Why? Please explain me
Flatulence has secret health benefits that could help stave off strokes, heart attacks and dementia,(scientists have revealed.) Hydrogen sulfide is one of a number of potent smelly gases produced by bacteria as it breaks down food in the gut. It is toxic in large doses but in tiny amounts it helps protect cells and fight illness When cells become stressed by disease they try to draw in enzymes to generate their own minute quantities of hydrogen sulfide.
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I have pimples I have used acnobid soap, PEROXIDE 5% gel, clinox cream isotroin bt still pimples are not going. What to do please help.

Homeopath, Sindhudurg
I have pimples I have used acnobid soap, PEROXIDE 5% gel, clinox cream isotroin bt still pimples are not going. What ...
To prevent pimples, eating fresh fruits, green vegetables, drinking plenty of water should be an essential part of your routine and intake of oily fried foods, an excess of sugar-salt should be avoided. To begin with- Take fruit diet once in a week, which consist of fresh juice, fruits, coconut water and vegetable (green leafy). Warm water enema should be taken daily to clean the bowels and constipation. Take a balanced diet with an alkaline base, which consists of sprouted cereals, whole grain cereals and vegetables. Vitamin a, e and b can be used to treat acne. Green tea and walnuts help to keep your skin pimple free. Drinking 8-10 glasses of water every day is good for emission of toxin from the body. Always try to include low-fat dairy products in your meal. These are a good source of vitamin a. Homoepathic remedies helps to get rid of pimples, scars without side effects permanently If you have any specific question about your condition, consult for treatment. You can buy acne and pimples package offered by me which includes medicine and consultation.
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My dermatologist suggested Benzoyl Peroxide Gel 2.5 for the acne and acne scars. I am continuously using it since 10 days. Now I can see the acne scars more after applying the this gel. Is it normal. Or I should stop applying it.

MCh - Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Cosmetic/Plastic Surgeon, Bangalore
My dermatologist suggested Benzoyl Peroxide Gel 2.5 for the acne and acne scars. I am continuously using it since 10 ...
Hello sir. Acne is a common problem which occurs due to the hormonal change which your body experiences during puberty. It can be exaggerated due to various reasons and cause scars. The treatment for the acute acne and its scars differs. The acute acne requires the treatment for decreasing the inflammation/infection, improve the skin healing and protection from the sun during the whole process. That is what you are using now. Whereas the scar treatment is entirely different. The ointment you said is nowhere related to the treatment of the scars. So its better if you can consult a skin specialist for proper examination and appropriate treatment. U can consult me online for any further details.
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My teeth Will be yellowish in colour after brushed the colour Will be same Today I use baking soda in colgate.

Homeopath, Hooghly
My teeth Will be yellowish in colour after brushed the colour Will be same Today I use baking soda in colgate.
Yes brush atlst twice daily, at night brush with baking soda and rinse your mouth with lemon water, rub a slice of lemon into your teeth, use mouth wash having hydrogen peroxide, chew few leaves of basil in the morning, visit your dentist if not corrected by this way.
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Vitamin C - Understanding Its Role As An Anti Cancer Drug!

MBBS, DM - Oncology, MD - General Medicine
Oncologist, Nashik
Vitamin C - Understanding Its Role As An Anti Cancer Drug!

When it comes to cold and the flu, Vitamin C or ascorbic acid is hailed as the best remedy and preventive agent. But did you know that this could also help fight against cancer? Vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin that is not produced by our bodies and needs to be sourced through food. It is needed for the synthesis of collagen, norepinephrine, and carnitine. Collagen is required to develop bones, tendons, ligaments and blood vessels.

Norepinephrine is a neurotransmitter while carnitine is a protein required for transportation of fat to the mitochondria. Vitamin C is also a powerful antioxidant that protects the body against damage caused by free radicals. In addition, it boosts the immune system and increases the body’s ability to fight infections. Ideally, an adult man should have 90mg per day while an adult woman should consume 75mg vitamin C per day.

When it comes to cancer treatment, vitamin C can act as an immune-modulator. It enhances the body’s resistance to pathogens and suppresses production of IL-18. This is a key regulator in melanomas, carcinomas and other kinds of malignant skin tumours. In the case of gastric cancers, the production of IL-18 is boosted by the vascular endothelial growth factor. In the case of breast cancer, IL-18 induces the production of transferrin. Thus, by regulating and reducing the production of IL-18, vitamin C can help reduce the risk of skin cancers, stomach cancers, and breast cancer. Dosage is key to the efficacy of Vitamin C in preventing cancer as an immune modulator.

In its reduced form, vitamin C is known as ascorbate. This has the ability to act as a prooxidant. Ascorbate in high dosages induces apoptosis in some melanomas through mitochondrial dysfunction. Similarly, a low dose of ascorbate induces cell cycle arrest of some types of cancer cells. Thus, by acting as a prooxidant, vitamin C inhibits the growth of cancer cells. This includes growth by inducing endoplasmic reticulum stress, suppressing growth factors and inhibiting angiogenic factor production. It also produces hydrogen peroxide-dependent cytotoxicity in cancerous cells without affecting other healthy cells.

The efficacy of vitamin C in dealing with various types of cancer has been found to be most effective when administered intravenously. In addition, it may also be given orally. Since vitamin C is cytotoxic and does not affect other cells, the side effects of this type of cancer therapy are usually negligible.

Acne in Adult Women and Their Treatment!

Dermatologist, Delhi
Acne in Adult Women and Their Treatment!

Pimples are typically associated with one’s teenage years. However, many women find themselves dealing with acne breakouts right up to menopause. Adult acne is becoming an increasingly common condition that affects women between the ages of 25 and 50. Like the pimples that affect young girls, adult acne can also be triggered by many different factors. This condition can be treated but in order to do so, it is essential to understand the factors triggering it.

Hormonal Fluctuation
As a woman’s menstrual cycle progresses, the levels of estrogen, progestin, and androgens in her body fluctuate. A painful cyst around the chin, neck or back can be the result of this fluctuation. These breakouts tend to resolve themselves as the menstrual cycles wanes. If you suffer from severe adult acne, you may need to ask your dermatologist for medication such as oral contraceptives that can manipulate hormone fluctuation.

Stress not only affects your mental health but also affects your skin. Stress causes the adrenal gland responsible for the production of cortisol to increase production. One of the side effects of this increased production is an increased amount of testosterone in the body. This causes the oil glands to secrete more oil. The higher the oil content of your skin, the higher your risk of having an acne breakout. Meditation and exercise can help curb stress and keep your skin clearer.

Wrong Cleaning Technique
Washing your face too often can dry the skin and trigger an overproduction of oil thus leading to acne. Similarly, using the wrong products like an oil-based moisturizer for normal skin can clog your pores. Using a very coarse cleanser can also promote adult acne. Hence, limit yourself to washing your face twice a day with a mild face wash. Choose water-based makeup and creams. Look for products that contain salicylic acid and glycolic acid.

In addition, here are a few ways to relieve the symptoms of adult acne.

  1. Topical application of retinol can reduce the intensity of acne. However, this may be harsh on sensitive skin.
  2. For spot treatment, look for products with benzoyl peroxide.
  3. Natural substances like tea tree oil can help control moderate acne breakouts. This can be used as a soap to wash your face or as a topical applicant.
  4. Reducing your consumption of salt, milk and processed food can also help reduce acne.

Last but not the least; do not ever try to pick a pimple. Painful zits may need to be drained but this should not be attempted at home.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Acne - Does Diet Play A Role?

Dermatologist, Bangalore
Acne - Does Diet Play A Role?

Acne is a common skin disease which happens when the hair follicles becomes full with dead skin cells and oil secreted from the skin. Acne is mainly characterized by vast areas of blackheads and pimples. The appearance of a person suffering from acne has often led to anxiety, and in extreme cases has caused depression as well.


  1. Genetics is thought to be one of the main reasons for hair fall due to acne. This is supported both by Twin studies and studies that have shown higher rates of acne among first degree relatives. Acne susceptibility is polygenic as the disease does not follow the Mendelian inheritance pattern.
  2. Another reason for acne is related to hormonal activities such as those during menstrual cycle and puberty. During puberty, sex hormones called androgens increase which causes the follicular glands to grow larger than normal. Many hormones like testosterone, dihydrotestosterone, dehydroepiandrosterone sulfate and growth hormone have been shown to have links with acne.
  3. Many bacteria like the anaerobic bacterium are suspected to be a reason behind acne. Infection caused by the parasite Demodex is also responsible for causing acne.

Role of Diet in Acne-

Different studies have been done to establish a relationship between diet and acne but there is no evidence to prove so. Some tests have shown different degrees of acne intensity due to high glycemic diets. Another unproved study shows consuming dairy milk is linked to higher incidences and intensity of acne. One recent experiment has shown a relationship between acne and obesity however no relationship is found between acne and insulin metabolism. Vitamin B12 may cause skin problems similar to acne.

Cigarette smoking and acne has been a ground for high debate among biologists. Some medical records have shown that cigarette smoking increases the severity of acne.

Some studies have also shown that stress or other psychological causes worsens acne. Acne severity is linked to high stress levels.


  1. Scars are a common symptom of acne. Acne scars are caused due to inflammation in the skin dermal layer. The scar is made by an abnormal form of healing after the inflammation. These scars are classified on the basis of whether excess collagen or collagen loss is caused by the abnormal inflammation.
  2. Nodular acne lesions cause pigmentations. This often leaves a red, inflamed mark even after the lesion has been cured.


  1. A diet low on glycemic index is recommended for treating acne.
  2. Benzoyl peroxide is the first step in treating mild to moderate acne. This is because of its high effectiveness and mild side effects. The peroxide causes drying of the skin as a side effect.
  3. Antibiotics are very much used for treating acne. Oral antibiotics are highly recommended. This is because of their anti-inflammatory properties.
  4. Azelaic acid when applied at 20% concentration is effective for treating mild to moderate acne.
  5. Natural treatment methods include applying tea tree oil or bee venom to reduce the amount of lesions in acne.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Honey - How Eating It Everyday Can Transform Your Health?

Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Hyderabad
Honey - How Eating It Everyday Can Transform Your Health?

A sweet way to healthy living, is it even possible? Yes! Did you know that eating honey every day can keep you hale and healthy? You have a reason to smile, as you often control yourselves owing to the calories that come with sweetness. If there is one food that is sweet and healthy, it is none other than honey. Honey contains a treasure chest of hidden nutritional and medicinal values. The sweet golden liquid from the beehive is a popular kitchen staple loaded with antibacterial & antifungal properties and it has been used since ancient times. It is known as a power food in Ayurveda.

Apart from being one of the tastiest sweeteners in the world, honey contains compounds which provide you with immense health benefits. Ayurveda emphasizes the goodness of honey in its treatment methods and here are some of those benefits:

  1. Honey acts as an organic immunity booster: As per the Ayurveda, honey can be used as an ultimate immunity booster. Since the ancient times, honey has been used to create a harmony and perfect balance between the five senses. Daily and balanced consumption of honey undoubtedly leads to improved eyesight, cures impotence, diarrhea and bronchial disorders and more. When consumed with the other medicated herbs, honey increases the effectiveness of those herbs. Due to a powerful immunity system, cough and throat problems also get reduced as a result.
  2. Rich in antioxidants: The antioxidants present in honey help to prevent cancer, high blood pressure and makes your skin healthy. Good quality honey contains a generous amount of antioxidants, such as phenols as well as nutritious compounds like organic acids, flavonoids, etc. Antioxidants can prevent some types of cancer and also help in reducing extremely high blood pressure. The antioxidants in honey also enable you to get a healthy, glowing skin. It can be used as a natural conditioner in the case of rough and frizzy hair.
  3. Keeps your heart healthy: Yes, you can control heart diseases, blood sugar and diabetes with a regular dose of honey. Honey helps you to reduce weight and enable you to reduce the risk of heart diseases. A controlled intake of honey helps in reducing the level of LDL or bad cholesterol or the low-density lipoproteins. At the same time, it raises the level of high-density lipoproteins or HDL or good cholesterol. For weight watchers and people on a diet, honey is a safe option, as it reduces the level of triglycerides, thus reducing the risk of heart diseases and the type 2 diabetes.
  4. Honey acts as natural anti-bacterial and anti-fungal element:  Honey is known to release hydrogen peroxide which acts as an anti-microbial agent that prevents the growth of bacteria.The use of raw honey mixed with water can be used as a mouthwash. Also rubbing honey directly on affected gums gives instant relief from pain and inflammation and other periodontal diseases. It work wonders in any case of gastroenteritis caused by bacteria. The existence of good bacteria like the lactobacilli or bifidobacteria enables it to heal any burn or wound quickly.
  5. Helps with sleep and associated issues: Quite often if you tend to suffer from insomnia or irregular sleep cycles which can result in frequent memory loss along with some other problems. Honey prevents extreme cellular damages by enabling the body to absorb the required calcium.

The level of serotonin also gets increased by honey, and it improves one’s stressed mood and mental condition. Serotonin eventually gets transformed into melatonin which prevents irregular sleep cycles. With just a spoon of honey early in the morning, take advantage of the goodness of honey; adapt your mind, body, and soul to healthier lifestyle options.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Acute Acne - Tips To Help You Manage It With Ease!

Diploma In Aesthetic Medicine Cosmetologist & Dermatologists., MBBS
Dermatologist, Delhi
Acute Acne - Tips To Help You Manage It With Ease!

One of the skin’s main functions is protection, and one of the ways it does that is by producing sebum. During teenage and early adolescent years, there is a release of excessive sexual hormones, which also leads to excessive sebum production. This clogs the pores, leading to accumulation of sebum within the skin layers. There are also bacteria trapped within this, leading to infections. Symptoms could include blister formation with pustules, redness, and severe pain. In people with naturally oily skin, this can be a major problem, with large acne which may leave marks when healed.

Excessive hormones (androgens).
In girls, correlation with menstrual cycles, pregnancy, and polycystic ovaries,  indicating an association with increased hormone levels.

Management: As it is easy to identify if you are prone to developing acne, steps should be taken to avoid developing acne or reducing its severity once they appear.

  1. Touching acne is a strict no-no. There is a great tendency to keep picking at it, but this should be avoided as the infection can spread to other unaffected areas.
  2. Using a cold towel or soft cotton cloth can help in soothing the area
  3. Ice cubes can also be used on the acne. This will also reduce blood supply and curtail increase in severity
  4. Acne is proven to be an indication of stress, and so stress management is very essential.
  5. Keep calm by various methods – meditation, music, yoga, exercise
  6. A regular exercise routine also is very helpful. The sweating during the exercise helps in clearing up the pores and keeping the skin clean. Sebum is more often cleared out this way, leading to reduced acne
  7. Lifestyle (sleep and diet): A healthy eating pattern with reduced oily foods and sugars and more amounts of fresh foods is highly helpful. A good amount of sleep is also beneficial for overall skin health.
  8. Garments which come in touch with facial skin like pillow covers should be washed with gentle soap
  9. Regular skin care routine should be maintained including frequent washing, regular moisturising, and periodic exfoliating.
  10. Avoid too many chemicals and adhere to a regimen using as many natural substances as possible.
  11. Mild gels or lotions like tretinoin, tazarotene, and adapalene are useful in controlling acne
  12. Topical antibiotics like clindamycin or erythromycin combined with benzoyl peroxide may also be used if more severe
  13. Birth control pills are also used to regulate hormonal levels in some women.
  14. Scars can be treated with laser light therapy, dermabrasion, chemical peels, or steroid injections
  15. Remember that acne is a part of growing up, and will naturally reduce after the growing years.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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