A national asthma organization has warned of the dangers of a recent social media trend of people inhaling hydrogen peroxide through a nebulizer to treat or prevent COVID-19.
The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) said in a blog post on Tuesdaythe trend seen on websites such as Facebook, Twitter and TikTok is "concerning and dangerous."
"DO NOT put hydrogen peroxide into your nebulizer and breathe it in. This is dangerous!" the organization said in its post. "It is not a way to prevent nor treat COVID-19."
A nebulizer is a machine used by people with asthma that turns liquid medicine into mist, which people breathe through with a mask or mouthpiece.
Hydrogen peroxide is an antiseptic commonly used to treat minor cuts and burns. Other uses of it include a disinfectant cleaner, stain remover and is a common ingredient in teeth whiteners, according to the Cleveland Health Clinic.
The chemical can also have dangerous consequences, as it can be toxic if ingested or inhaled, according to the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry. If inhaled, it can cause respiratory irritation and severe pulmonary irritation depending on how diluted it is.
"Only use asthma medicine prescribed by your doctor in your nebulizer. Other chemicals can be harmful to your lungs," the AAFA wrote.
The hydrogen peroxide trend is one of the latest ways people have claimed there are home remedies that can prevent or treat COVID-19 rather than receiving the vaccine. Previous claims include the use of ivermectin, a horse dewormer that can also be toxic to humans, which the Food and Drug Administration said people should not take.
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