Recent discussions have turned to the use of hydrogen peroxide to manage COPD. This is concerning on a few fronts. First of all there are two grades of hydrogen peroxide, Industrial grade and food grade. Both can be dangerous depending on their use, especially if inhaled or ingested. When you post something like "How many use hydrogen peroxide for your COPD" it creates a problem in that many people are not aware there is actually a food grade and will invariably try it. The term "food grade" is actually misleading in that it actually has the highest percentage of hydrogen peroxide (35%) which actually makes it far more dangerous than household peroxide (3%).Inhaled or ingested hydrogen peroxide (whether it be either grade" can be dangerous if misused. Ingesting any grade peroxide can cause gastro-intestinal injury and breathing it can cause narrowing of the airways and laryngospasm, a spasm of the vocal cords that makes it difficult to breathe. These conditions may require a breathing tube and mechanical ventilation.
While food grade is sometimes used to clean vegetables, it is used in such small amounts that it is highly diluted. The key here is how do you adjust it for use with COPD and what is a "safe" amount to use. This is something that without question you should discuss with your doctor before even considering trying. We (and I count myself in this group) are always looking for something that will ease our symptoms. I totally understand this. However, this is not something we should take upon ourselves to try without first consulting competent medical advice. THIS IS NOT SOMETHING THAT IS SAFE FOR YOU TO TRY!