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What Happens if You Breathe in Hydrogen Peroxide?
Wednesday, December 30, 2020

Have you ever wondered what could happen if you were to breathe in hydrogen peroxide? Just from common sense, it doesn't sound great, right?

You might be surprised about what the actual results could be.

Before you go putting yourself at risk, why not learn a thing or two? Keep reading to learn about the side effects of breathing in hydrogen peroxide.

What Is Hydrogen Peroxide?

Many people use hydrogen peroxide around the home. It's a chemical compound, h2o2. It's commonly used as a bleach and antiseptic. It's a colorless liquid in the low concentrations that it's found in in the home.

People tend to use it in their household cleaning as well as for minor scrapes and skin abrasions. While it's generally safe, it's still hazardous when it's used incorrectly.

It's used commonly for industrial companies and construction.

How Would Hydrogen Peroxide Be Inhaled?

Low quantities of hydrogen peroxide may be present in your household air if you use it for cleaning. These low quantities aren't concerning.

If you're someone who works in manufacturing or construction, you may encounter more hydrogen peroxide in the air. Higher levels of hydrogen peroxide aren't noticeable when you're inhaling them, but they're still toxic.

What Are the Signs of Hydrogen Peroxide Poisoning?

Hydrogen peroxide is toxic when it's consumed in anything more than small amounts. Unfortunately, there's no clinical test to determine whether or not you've been exposed to a toxic amount of hydrogen peroxide. Symptoms and your memory of your own experience are the only clues that doctors have.

Mild peroxide, or the diluted form used in most household cleaners, will cause mild respiratory irritation such as coughs or tightness in the lungs. High concentration may sting the eyes when the contact is more direct.

If the concentration is over 10%, you could have severe pulmonary irritation.

What Should I Do If I Have Hydrogen Peroxide Poisoning?

If you're worried that you might have hydrogen peroxide poisoning, call poison control or seek medical attention. If your effects are mild, try a walk-in clinic. If they're serious, seek an emergency room.

Remove any products that contain peroxide from the immediate area until you know what the problem is.

How Can I Prevent Hydrogen Peroxide Exposure?

There's no need to keep hydrogen peroxide out of your home. It's a helpful addition to everyone's medicine cabinet. That said, there are ways to ensure that you're staying safe when you're interacting with hydrogen peroxide inside and outside of the home.

You can monitor the hydrogen peroxide levels (and other toxic gas levels) in your air and water to make sure that everything is at a safe and reasonable concentration.

Are You At Risk of Hydrogen Peroxide Poisoning?

Breathing in large amounts of hydrogen peroxide is no joke. You can cause your lungs a lot of distress without even knowing it. Peroxide is safe, but as with any chemical, you need to be careful.

If you're worried about hydrogen peroxide levels in your home or workplace, we want to help. Check out our air and water monitors to keep your employees and anyone else around you safe and healthy.

Our goal at ATI is to help provide our customers with the knowledge needed to ensure a safe and healthy environment. Toward this goal, we strive to develop and produce the highest quality instruments available. Our commitment to continuous improvement of analytical sensing systems is the key to our steadily expanding monitoring capability, and provides our users with the power of reliable information.

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