Fact Check: Can URTIs be cured with iodine and hydrogen peroxide?

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Are URTIs treatable with iodine and hydrogen peroxide?
No, by inhaling a mixture of iodine and hydrogen peroxide, upper respiratory infections cannot be treated. This is because two could be fatal, and if the underlying cause isn't known by consulting a doctor, they could worsen the condition rather than make it better. Additionally, there is no scientific evidence to support their use in treating URTIs.

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According to a Facebook reel, upper respiratory conditions can be treated by inhaling a solution of hydrogen peroxide and iodine. We checked the assertion. Our research revealed that the claim is False.

The Claim

In a Facebook reel, it was suggested that treating upper respiratory tract infections with 3% hydrogen peroxide and a drop of iodine in a nebulizer was an effective treatment modality.

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Fact Check

What precisely are upper respiratory tract infections?

Upper respiratory tract infections are characterized by self-limited irritation and swelling of the upper airways, along with a cough or even a common cold. These infections usually have no evidence of pneumonia. However, these infections typically exclude those with a history of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, emphysema, or chronic bronchitis. The nose, sinuses, pharynx, larynx, and large airways are all affected by upper respiratory tract infections.

Can upper respiratory tract infections be cured by inhaling iodine and hydrogen peroxide?

No, not at all. It is important to note that hydrogen peroxide exhibits potent antioxidant properties and has been applied topically to heal skin wounds. Additionally, because of their antimicrobial characteristics, they have been used to clean wounds. However, even for these uses, the use of hydrogen peroxide should be kept to a minimum because prolonged exposure to levels of 9% to 45% hydrogen peroxide can result in more serious skin damage, such as epidermal necrosis that causes erythema and bullae. Additionally, it has been mentioned that using hydrogen peroxide in moderation as a mouthwash and bleaching agent is safe. However, even in dentistry, the use of hydrogen peroxide is restricted because it may be a potent irritant.

On the other hand, iodine as a dietary supplement is an essential nutrient, has been used to disinfect water and is necessary for maintaining thyroid health as well as the growth and development of the baby’s brain in the womb. Povidone-iodine has also been mentioned for lowering viral loads in SARS-CoV patients, but further research is required to confirm this therapeutic use. However, consuming too much of the trace element can result in stomach pain, fever, burning sensations, diarrhoea, nausea, and even iodine toxicity.

General Physician

When we asked Dr. Kashyap Dakshini, General Physician, about treating URTIs with hydrogen peroxide and iodine inhalation, he advised against using the combination. Hydrogen peroxide is primarily used for cleaning and removing stains, and there is no published scientific evidence supporting the benefits of hydrogen peroxide in any reliable journal. Additionally, hydrogen peroxide could irritate the skin, harm the eyes, and harm the respiratory system when inhaled in high concentrations. He further explained that inhaling iodine causes toxicity in the lungs. It may result in breathing problems, headaches, chest pain, and pulmonary edema, which is a medical emergency.

Please be aware that inhaling a combination of iodine and hydrogen peroxide could be dangerous, as either substance, if taken without consulting a doctor, could worsen the condition rather than improve it. This is due to the fact that the condition is either brought on by bacteria or viruses, both of which require specific medical attention. Additionally, we were unable to discover any strong research to back up the use of iodine and hydrogen peroxide inhalation to treat upper respiratory infections.

How might an upper respiratory infection be avoided at home? 

Most cases of upper respiratory infections are bacterial or viral in nature. However, because of their contagious nature, children are typically more at risk. The fact that viruses typically cause upper respiratory infections such as the common cold, and do not respond to antibiotics should also be emphasized. Therefore, taking preventative action is necessary for these situations. The main ones are staying hydrated, getting enough rest, and, most importantly, avoiding contact with sick people. Please understand that using natural remedies such as camphor, eucalyptus oil, honey, and menthol could help relieve the infection and its symptoms. As a result, in the event of any symptoms, the doctor must be consulted.

THIP MEDIA TAKE: Our inference is that it is not recommended to treat upper respiratory infections by inhaling a combination of hydrogen peroxide and iodine. This is due to the possibility that two could be fatal and could make the condition worse rather than improve it without knowing the underlying cause by consulting a doctor. Furthermore, there is no scientific evidence that supports their use in URTI treatment. Hence, the assertion is false.

Disclaimer: Medical Science is an ever evolving field. We strive to keep this page updated. In case you notice any discrepancy in the content, please inform us at [email protected]. You can futher read our Correction Policy here. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking medical treatment because of something you have read on or accessed through this website or it's social media channels. Read our Full Disclaimer Here for further information.

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Dr. Saumya Saluja
Dr. Saumya Saluja
A periodontal surgeon by qualification, Dr. Saumya is responsible for reviewing health content and driving health literacy projects.

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Are URTIs treatable with iodine and hydrogen peroxide?
No, by inhaling a mixture of iodine and hydrogen peroxide, upper respiratory infections cannot be treated. This is because two could be fatal, and if the underlying cause isn't known by consulting a doctor, they could worsen the condition rather than make it better. Additionally, there is no scientific evidence to support their use in treating URTIs.

Disclaimer: Medical Science is an ever evolving field. We strive to keep this page updated. In case you notice any discrepancy in the content, please inform us at [email protected]. You can futher read our Correction Policy here. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking medical treatment because of something you have read on or accessed through this website or it's social media channels. Read our Full Disclaimer Here for further information.

Are URTIs treatable with iodine and hydrogen peroxide?
No, by inhaling a mixture of iodine and hydrogen peroxide, upper respiratory infections cannot be treated. This is because two could be fatal, and if the underlying cause isn't known by consulting a doctor, they could worsen the condition rather than make it better. Additionally, there is no scientific evidence to support their use in treating URTIs.

Disclaimer: Medical Science is an ever evolving field. We strive to keep this page updated. In case you notice any discrepancy in the content, please inform us at [email protected]. You can futher read our Correction Policy here. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking medical treatment because of something you have read on or accessed through this website or it's social media channels. Read our Full Disclaimer Here for further information.

Are URTIs treatable with iodine and hydrogen peroxide?
No, by inhaling a mixture of iodine and hydrogen peroxide, upper respiratory infections cannot be treated. This is because two could be fatal, and if the underlying cause isn't known by consulting a doctor, they could worsen the condition rather than make it better. Additionally, there is no scientific evidence to support their use in treating URTIs.

Disclaimer: Medical Science is an ever evolving field. We strive to keep this page updated. In case you notice any discrepancy in the content, please inform us at [email protected]. You can futher read our Correction Policy here. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking medical treatment because of something you have read on or accessed through this website or it's social media channels. Read our Full Disclaimer Here for further information.

Are URTIs treatable with iodine and hydrogen peroxide?
No, by inhaling a mixture of iodine and hydrogen peroxide, upper respiratory infections cannot be treated. This is because two could be fatal, and if the underlying cause isn't known by consulting a doctor, they could worsen the condition rather than make it better. Additionally, there is no scientific evidence to support their use in treating URTIs.

Disclaimer: Medical Science is an ever evolving field. We strive to keep this page updated. In case you notice any discrepancy in the content, please inform us at [email protected]. You can futher read our Correction Policy here. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking medical treatment because of something you have read on or accessed through this website or it's social media channels. Read our Full Disclaimer Here for further information.

Are URTIs treatable with iodine and hydrogen peroxide?
No, by inhaling a mixture of iodine and hydrogen peroxide, upper respiratory infections cannot be treated. This is because two could be fatal, and if the underlying cause isn't known by consulting a doctor, they could worsen the condition rather than make it better. Additionally, there is no scientific evidence to support their use in treating URTIs.

Disclaimer: Medical Science is an ever evolving field. We strive to keep this page updated. In case you notice any discrepancy in the content, please inform us at [email protected]. You can futher read our Correction Policy here. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking medical treatment because of something you have read on or accessed through this website or it's social media channels. Read our Full Disclaimer Here for further information.

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Are URTIs treatable with iodine and hydrogen peroxide?
No, by inhaling a mixture of iodine and hydrogen peroxide, upper respiratory infections cannot be treated. This is because two could be fatal, and if the underlying cause isn't known by consulting a doctor, they could worsen the condition rather than make it better. Additionally, there is no scientific evidence to support their use in treating URTIs.

Disclaimer: Medical Science is an ever evolving field. We strive to keep this page updated. In case you notice any discrepancy in the content, please inform us at [email protected]. You can futher read our Correction Policy here. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking medical treatment because of something you have read on or accessed through this website or it's social media channels. Read our Full Disclaimer Here for further information.

Are URTIs treatable with iodine and hydrogen peroxide?
No, by inhaling a mixture of iodine and hydrogen peroxide, upper respiratory infections cannot be treated. This is because two could be fatal, and if the underlying cause isn't known by consulting a doctor, they could worsen the condition rather than make it better. Additionally, there is no scientific evidence to support their use in treating URTIs.

Disclaimer: Medical Science is an ever evolving field. We strive to keep this page updated. In case you notice any discrepancy in the content, please inform us at [email protected]. You can futher read our Correction Policy here. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking medical treatment because of something you have read on or accessed through this website or it's social media channels. Read our Full Disclaimer Here for further information.

Are URTIs treatable with iodine and hydrogen peroxide?
No, by inhaling a mixture of iodine and hydrogen peroxide, upper respiratory infections cannot be treated. This is because two could be fatal, and if the underlying cause isn't known by consulting a doctor, they could worsen the condition rather than make it better. Additionally, there is no scientific evidence to support their use in treating URTIs.

Disclaimer: Medical Science is an ever evolving field. We strive to keep this page updated. In case you notice any discrepancy in the content, please inform us at [email protected]. You can futher read our Correction Policy here. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking medical treatment because of something you have read on or accessed through this website or it's social media channels. Read our Full Disclaimer Here for further information.

Are URTIs treatable with iodine and hydrogen peroxide?
No, by inhaling a mixture of iodine and hydrogen peroxide, upper respiratory infections cannot be treated. This is because two could be fatal, and if the underlying cause isn't known by consulting a doctor, they could worsen the condition rather than make it better. Additionally, there is no scientific evidence to support their use in treating URTIs.

Disclaimer: Medical Science is an ever evolving field. We strive to keep this page updated. In case you notice any discrepancy in the content, please inform us at [email protected]. You can futher read our Correction Policy here. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking medical treatment because of something you have read on or accessed through this website or it's social media channels. Read our Full Disclaimer Here for further information.

Are URTIs treatable with iodine and hydrogen peroxide?
No, by inhaling a mixture of iodine and hydrogen peroxide, upper respiratory infections cannot be treated. This is because two could be fatal, and if the underlying cause isn't known by consulting a doctor, they could worsen the condition rather than make it better. Additionally, there is no scientific evidence to support their use in treating URTIs.

Disclaimer: Medical Science is an ever evolving field. We strive to keep this page updated. In case you notice any discrepancy in the content, please inform us at [email protected]. You can futher read our Correction Policy here. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking medical treatment because of something you have read on or accessed through this website or it's social media channels. Read our Full Disclaimer Here for further information.

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