What is hydrogen peroxide, the name of which made people call Samantha 'illiterate'

Ananya Shroff
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Samantha Ruth Prabhu is a big actress of South Indian films and now everyone knows her in the Bollywood film industry. Recently, Samantha posted a photo on Instagram story and told that in case of viral infection, before taking medicine, a mixture of hydrogen peroxide and distilled water should be used in the nebulizer (nebulizer turns liquid medicine into mist so that you can take it into your lungs). This remedy works like magic. Avoid taking unnecessary medicines.

This post created a ruckus when India's well-known liver doctor and scientist Cyriac AB Phillips, while replying to Samantha, called her 'illiterate and uncivilized' and even advised to send her to jail.

How Dr. Abby Phillips reacted to Samantha's post

Dr Abby Phillips shared a screenshot of Samantha's story on X and wrote, 'Samantha lacks science and health knowledge. She has falsely advised her millions of followers that nebulising hydrogen peroxide can prevent or cure viral respiratory tract infections.

AAFA says hydrogen peroxide is dangerous

He further wrote that the truth is that the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America has advised people not to nebulize hydrogen peroxide and inhale it through the nose. Doing so is dangerous for health.

the doctor replied to Samantha

Samantha who is in jail

Samantha who is in jail

He wrote that if society is really progressing, then such people should be charged for endangering public health and should be fined or even jailed. Samantha should either herself find out about these social media influencers who give wrong information about health or she should keep a better advisor in her team.

Wrong information can harm your health

Wrong information can harm your health

He further wrote that now the question is, will the Indian Health Ministry or any health regulatory body take any action against such social media influencers who are harming the health of the public by giving wrong information? Or will they remain silent and let people die?

What is hydrogen peroxide?

What is hydrogen peroxide?

Hydrogen peroxide (H₂O₂) is a chemical composed of two hydrogen atoms and two oxygen atoms. In its pure form it is a pale blue liquid, but it is usually dissolved in water for use, making it appear colorless. It is known for its strong oxidizing properties, making it useful as a bleaching agent, disinfectant, and antiseptic.

Side Effects of Hydrogen Peroxide

Side Effects of Hydrogen Peroxide

Mayo Clinic That said, although hydrogen peroxide has a number of benefits, it can also have some side effects if not used properly.

  • Skin irritation: Redness, itching, and burning may occur. Prolonged use may cause blistering or irritation.
  • Slow wound healing: It can slow down the wound healing process by damaging nearby tissues and cells.
  • Drinking hydrogen peroxide can cause nausea, vomiting, and stomach pain.
  • Drinking too much alcohol can cause severe irritation of the mouth, throat, esophagus, and stomach. In severe cases, it can cause gas embolism, which can be life-threatening.
  • Inhalation: Breathing in hydrogen peroxide vapor can irritate the respiratory tract, causing coughing, shortness of breath, and sore throat.
  • Inhaling the vapor in large amounts or for long periods of time can cause more serious breathing problems.
  • Contact with eyes can cause redness, pain, and burning. Direct contact with high concentrations of the solution can cause serious eye damage, even loss of vision.

Disclaimer: This article is for general information only. It cannot in any way be a substitute for any medicine or treatment. Always consult your doctor for more information.


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