Why you should hold off on the hydrogen peroxide and alcohol for cleaning wounds?
Don’t be fooled by the bubbling show that is hydrogen peroxide’s usual reaction to being placed on a wound. The bubbling is actually a result from a reaction between catalase, a protein present in blood and other cells, and hydrogen peroxide (H2O2), splitting the latter to form water (H2O) and pure oxygen (O2), hence the bubbles.
As for alcohol, do you really want to deal with the burning trauma of placing it on a wound? Alcohol is commonly used as a disinfectant for medical purposes, mainly before an injection or surgery.
Sure, both may eliminate bacteria but they can also be irritating to your already damaged tissues and may cause further damage to healthy cells, which can actually slow down the healing process. The risk of causing more harm than good is high.
So what do you do? The best way to clean a wound is by running it through tap water and washing it with antibacterial soap or any mild soap you have on hand; pat it dry with a clean towel or gauze and apply your choice of antibiotic cream.
Remember, if the wound is large, will not stop bleeding, continues to be irritated or looks like it is infected, consult your doctor immediately.