A US Ophthalmologist, Jesse Pelletier has cautioned the general public not to use Hydrogen Peroxide for the treatment of Covid-19.
Speaking on Newsfile, Saturday, February 6, 2021, he said that Hydrogen Peroxide can be toxic to the cells in the nose, mouth and gums.
“When we are talking about treating Covid-19, we also have to consider the nose and mouth, because the nose is the initial dominant side of infection in all cases.”
“And if you are to use Hydrogen Peroxide in the nose, it has also been shown to reduce significantly something called mucociliary clearance.”
He further explained that mucociliary clearance moves debris out of the mouth to the nasopharynx, where it can be swallowed and deactivated.
“If you decrease or depress this function, then whatever enters your nose has more contact time with epithelial cells, (a barrier between the inside and outside of a person’s body that protects it from viruses), and if that is Sars-Cov-2 you are more likely to have an established infection.” he said.
Dr Pelletier also added that he and his team during a research, tested three things including Halodine (formulation of Povidone-iodine (PVP-I), a broad-spectrum antiseptic with no known resistance), Hydrogen Peroxide, and Ethanol against the Covid-19 virus.
He stated that the team rather found out that Hydrogen Peroxide was the least effective in killing the virus.
“We found that the Povidone-iodine (PVP-I) formulation killed the actual virus that causes Covid-19. It killed 99.9% of it in 15 seconds or less. The ethanol was about 30 seconds and the Hydrogen Peroxide had very little evidence of functioning at all.”
Dr. Pelletier therefore cautioned people to be careful when using Hydrogen Peroxide as treatment for the coronavirus.
Last month, the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) reported that there was a shortage of hydrogen peroxide in several pharmaceutical facilities across the country as a result of panic buying by persons who hope to protect themselves from the Covid-19 pandemic.
A retired professor of the University of Ghana Medical School, College of Health Sciences, had announced results from a research conducted by a team of medical scientists and doctors.
Emeritus Prof Andrews Seth Ayettey said the team had proven that the efficacy of Hydrogen Peroxide solution is safe to use in a low concentration and could be applied to reduce viral load in the oral and nasal cavities of Covid-19 patients and to inactivate the viruses they shed.
But a press release from the Ghana Medical Association discouraged people from buying Hydrogen Peroxide.
The Association further stated that neither the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA), the Ghana Health Service (GHS), Ministry of Health (MOH), the World Health Organisation (WHO) nor any reputable international drug or health regulatory body has approved, authorized, or recommended the use of Hydrogen Peroxide for the prevention or treatment of Covid-19.
“The general public is advised to handle the product as any other medical product and that the misuse of same could lead to serious physical and undesirable medical consequences,” the statement read.