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Proper cleaning of wound
Posted by: John R
Date: November 10, 2000 4:53 AM

A family member just received hernia surgery a couple weeks back. She continues to clean the area with alcohol. I was under the impression that using alcohol sanitizes the wound by killing everything it contacts, including healthy bacteria. Wouldn't using something more body-friendly like hydrogen peroxide be better?

RE: Proper cleaning of wound
Posted by: Ron Kennedy, MD
Date: November 12, 2000 4:48 PM

In my office, I use only 3% hydrogen peroxide. Alcohol is toxic, not any more effective and there is also some evidence that it is carcinogenic.

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