Let those who have never healed a wound raise their hands peroxide!
Okay, some may have raised it, but the truth is that, although it is gradually being replaced by other products, almost all of us have used it at some time. This substance, also known as hydrogen peroxide, it is very efficient to treat possible infections caused by anaeoribial bacteria, who need to live in the absence of oxygen.
The reaction that leads to this bactericide is quite curious, especially if we consider some details such as the concentration of peroxide that usually contain the cans of hydrogen peroxide that we can normally find in pharmacies and other establishments.
How does hydrogen peroxide work?
Upon contact with our blood, hydrogen peroxide is processed by the catalase enzyme, contained in our fabrics, which breaks it down into water and oxygen, giving rise to the characteristics bubbles that come off when we heal a wound with your help.
As I was saying, this oxygen hinders the proliferation of anaerobic spores, but the thing does not stop there, because they also occur free radicals, which attack lipids and proteins of the membranes of the microorganisms, causing death.
What is the most appropriate dose of hydrogen peroxide?
If you look at the container of any can of hydrogen peroxide that you have at home, you will notice that the vast majority of its content is water and that it never contains more than one 6% hydrogen peroxide.
You may be wondering why this low concentration. The more peroxide the more efficiently heal the wounds, right? The truth is that yes, the microorganisms that it has claimed killed them, but the reaction caused will be highly exothermic (gives off a lot of energy) and can have a rather explosive effect on the cut. Don't you believe it? Watch for the next video in which they mix blood and a 30% hydrogen peroxide solution.
What do you think? Curious, huh? Here we have a new sample of how important are the dose in science and medicine. At least they save us the work and sell it diluted. Thus we avoid many unpleasant blunders.