Hydrogen Peroxide Getting Under Your Skin?

December 31, 2006

Ask patients with nonhealing colostomy wounds if theyare cleaning the area with hydrogen peroxide.

Ask patients with nonhealing colostomy wounds if theyare cleaning the area with hydrogen peroxide. The useof hydrogen peroxide is sometimes recommended toprevent infection, but it may irritate the tender granulationtissue produced as the wound attempts to heal. To helpthe skin heal, tell the patient to discontinue the hydrogenperoxide and prescribe moisturizers.-- Basil Rodansky, MD
   Lincoln Park, Mich