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what is hydrogen peroxide.....?

what is it?

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    Hydrogen Peroxide is H2O2, water with an extra oxygen (O) not O2. The (O) is very unstable & can react with any thing to form oxides.

    In medical field its very useful to clean instruments covered with blood. In dental, it kills anaerobic bacteria in the periodontal pockets.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Hydrogen peroxide isn't a very good first aid choice. Ambulances and hospitals don't use it anymore.

    The foaming action is due to a reaction with an enzyme cells contain called catalase. When you have a cut or scrape, there is a lot of catalase to react to.

    [For those who care, the reaction between catalase and hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) turns the peroxide into water (H2O) and oxygen (O2). The bubbles are from the formation of O2.]

    That reaction destroys cell walls -- in bacteria AND white blood cells; it doesn't discriminate. Which means if you have an open sore, you're preventing it from healing and may increase scarring.

    Side note: You can cause H2O2 to bubble on a potato, too.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    It's an unstable compound H 2 O 2 used as an oxidizing and bleaching agent, an antiseptic, and a propellant

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  • 1 decade ago

    its a compound element.

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