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Old 12-26-2004, 03:41 PM   #1
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hydrogen peroxide in vaporizer

I read in one of the other posts about putting hydrogen peroxide in a vaporizer possibly helping to clear sinuses. How much hydrogen peroxide should be put into the water? Should I still put the inhalant stuff in the cup when I try this?

I want to try hydrogen peroxide but am not sure about the upsidedown floooding route. I tried doing the salin flush this morning and just bending over for a couple minutes to do that gave me the worst migraine/sinus heaache I've had in a while so I know I won't be able to stay upside down for 5+ minutes to the peroxide flush. I figured I'd try the vaporizer first.

Thanks for the help.

 
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Re: hydrogen peroxide in vaporizer

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I read in one of the other posts about putting hydrogen peroxide in a vaporizer possibly helping to clear sinuses. How much hydrogen peroxide should be put into the water?
Before I experimented with flooding my sinuses with peroxide, I tried putting one part 3% hydrogen peroxide and eight parts filtered water into a cold-mist vaporizer. That would be one cup peroxide to eight cups water, or two cups peroxide to 16 cups water, etc.

I got the idea from a post that I had read on the Internet from someone who had chronic throat infections. She said that, using the 3% peroxide in a cold mist vaporizer stopped her from having to take antibiotics for her throat infections.

While she said that it helped her, it didn't work for me. She also posted about using a hot-mist mini-vaporizer, but didn't mention dilution. I've tried 3% peroxide, diluted equally with water, and also not diluted, in a hot mini-vaporizer, but that didn't work for me either.

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Should I still put the inhalant stuff in the cup when I try this?
In the cup? Are you referring to the hot-steam, mini-vaporizer? Personally, I would not mix peroxide with other chemicals because I would not know how they would react together. You don't want to be breathing in mixtures of chemicals, unless by a doctor's instructions.

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I want to try hydrogen peroxide but am not sure about the upsidedown floooding route. I tried doing the salin flush this morning and just bending over for a couple minutes to do that gave me the worst migraine/sinus heaache I've had in a while so I know I won't be able to stay upside down for 5+ minutes to the peroxide flush. I figured I'd try the vaporizer first.

Thanks for the help.
I know what you mean about the upside down flooding. My right sinus is slightly stuffy. It isn't closing up, or getting worse, but I want to do an upside down sinus flooding with peroxide, baking soda and kosher salt, as insurance against anything happening in my sinuses. I keep putting it off, even though it doesn't sting my sinuses anymore. It's just a pain in the rear to do one, and kinda messy.

Sorry to hear about your nasty headache.

Do you feel that the headache came from the bending, or due to the saline coming into contact with a sore spot in your sinuses? If there is a sore, infected area within your sinuses, then the saline will not kill the infection, it will only irritate the area and might be the cause of the headache.

I hope that your headache went away quickly!

 
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Old 12-26-2004, 06:55 PM   #3
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Re: hydrogen peroxide in vaporizer

The headache I got doing the flooding is definitely from being upside down. I have low blood pressure- one of the side affects of being 6'10 is that it takes longer for the blood to get to my head- so bending over like that gave me the headache.

I've been waking up with sinus headaches every morning for the past few weeks up until early last week when I combined using the vaporizer, the Aleve before bed for my migraines, and allegra- but they came back when I stopped taking the Aleve when I saw the news report about it. I've decided to go back to taking it anyway until they learn more about it. I've been taking it for 10+ years every night to prevent migraines so taking it for a few more weeks while they keep doing the tests isn't going to do anymore damage. And quite frankly I'd easily take a heart attack later in life than dealing with headaches everyday.

 
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Re: hydrogen peroxide in vaporizer

I don't think I would try that one.

 
Old 12-26-2004, 08:33 PM   #5
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Why not? Other people have tried it.

 
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Re: hydrogen peroxide in vaporizer

correct me if i'm wrong, but doesn't hydrogen peroxide turn into water when exposed to air??
so wouldn't it only be as good as water?
I did find myself that a warm humidifier is VERY effective in helping my sinus and cough issues. I can't do it too much though b/c my room gets damp and moldy and everything ever stuck to the walls falls off. I just can't handle dry cold climates so for me, warm humidity is perfect.

 
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Re: hydrogen peroxide in vaporizer

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correct me if i'm wrong, but doesn't hydrogen peroxide turn into water when exposed to air??
Hydrogen Peroxide (H2O2) will degrade if exposed to light, air or to water. It is usually sold in a dark, brown bottle. Peroxide will change into pure oxygen and water (the foam you see) if it encounters an enzyme called catalase. Catalase is an enzyme contained in blood, human cells, saliva, etc.

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Actually hydrogen peroxide is a very nasty chemical. It is actually very harmful to human cells, and would destroy human cells, including blood, if it could. But.... human cells contain an enzyme called catalase, which protects itself from the peroxide by converting the peroxide to an oxygen and water foam, before the peroxide can do any damage. There are many germs that don't have the enzyme catalase, thus the peroxide kills the "defenseless" germs, and no foam is created during the killing of the germs.

By the way, your body's own white blood cells kill germs by manufacturing hydrogen peroxide as a weapon against invading germs.

 
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Re: hydrogen peroxide in vaporizer

Back to vaporizor options.I live with 4 beagles, a chihuahua, and a tabby. I am not allergic to them, thank God, but what they bring in from outdoors is anybody's guess. I use white vinegar with water in the vaporizor, as well as drenching my furnace filter with it. I also wipe those pets with clorox wipes a couple of times a day.

 
Old 01-02-2005, 06:45 AM   #9
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Trucky,
Have you tried using the Vicks Vapo Steam in the vaporizer? I used it yesterday because I was running low on the Kaz Inhallant stuff and had it lying around. Well, it works 10 times better than the inhallant. Since it is put right in the water it gets spread around the room much better. I have a vaporizer in my living room downstairs and I can smell the vicks all throughout the house- even up here at the computer.

 
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Yes--i throw that in there too. Maybe I'll be able to smell something pretty soon. Any other suggestions?

 
Old 01-02-2005, 06:50 AM   #11
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Re: hydrogen peroxide in vaporizer

Not really. I think the hydrogen peroxide didn't really do much, it was probably more just in my head. I don't know where you live, but I noticed that here in CT the air outside seems to be cleaner than the air inside (at least that's the way my sinuses feel- I feel better when I am outside) so what I tried last night until I froze my butt off was leaving my bedroom window open a crack to "clean out the air."

 
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