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When Blood Meets Hydrogen Peroxide, Things Can Get Messy

We have all used hydrogen peroxide on a cut or scrape sooner or later in our lives. That burning sense paired with the foam when it hits the blood it creates is assurance that our wound will not get infected by anything terrible. But does it do that?

Well, you have got to understand one thing first…

Most over the counter hydrogen peroxides are a solution of water and the compound. Usually, they do not include more than three percent hydrogen peroxide. You inquire why so little? Well, I Will let the video below do the talking…

This is what occurs when blood comes into contact with 30% hydrogen peroxide.

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What you are seeing is the chemical reaction between the enzyme catalase (which is discovered in our blood cells) and the hydrogen peroxide itself. When they come into contract with each other, the hydrogen peroxide turns into water and oxygen.

Are pure oxygen being discharged as an effect of the mix. The reaction is also incredibly efficient at burning up (so to speak) any bacteria which could have made its way into your cut. Now only picture pouring that 30% solution on it…yeah, that would have some overwhelming results.