Hydrogen peroxide is a chemical that helps the immune system kill infective organisms. White blood cells and certain enzymes produce hydrogen peroxide for this purpose. We have used hydrogen peroxide for decades to treat different kinds of infections.
Nubulizing is a means of administering a medication into the nose, sinuses, mouth, throat, and lungs. Nebulizing hydrogen peroxide delivers this chemical directly to these tissues which would, at least in theory, help the immune system combat invading pathogens such as fungi, bacteria, and viruses.
Nebulization has been used to deliver medicines for many years for people with respiratory problems including asthma. Dr. Shallenberger discovered that nebulized medicines can have systemic effects and used hydrogen peroxide for a respiratory infection for his wife and others with excellent results. He has treated many people with good success fighting viral infections.
Dr. Shallenberger’s article notes: “the treatments are simple. Just attach delivery mask to the nebulizer output (see the devices instructions for specifics). Then add 3 cc of the hydrogen peroxide and saline mixture to the nebulizer. Place the mask over your mouth and nose and breathe normally until the solution is gone. It’s as simple as that.” One treatment usually takes 10-15 minutes.
When first coming down with a virus infection, that tickle in the back of your throat or sniffles, he recommends nebulizing dilute “hydrogen peroxide hourly the first day and then 4-6 times a day until the infection is completely resolved. In most cases if you start the treatment early enough, before it has gotten a strong hold this will be in 2-4 days.” The goal is to stop the virus before it gets deep in the lungs where it causes severe inflammation and can progress to serious illness.
He also found those treatments to be useful for non-viral illnesses such as asthma in patients with chronic lung disease. He recommends less frequent treatments for chronic conditions.
In his article he recommends having your doctor mix up hydrogen peroxide, but in a previous article he explains how you can do it yourself safely by using 3% food grade hydrogen peroxide available at health food stores such as Whole Foods or online (see links below).
- To make the nebulizing mixture dilute 5 mL of 3% hydrogen peroxide in 100 mL saline <OR> 1 ounce of 3% hydrogen peroxide to about 16 ounces of saline.
- Use 3 cc of the diluted mixture for each nebulization treatment.
- Place the mask over your mouth and nose and breathe normally until the solution is gone, which is usually 10-15 minutes.
- Repeat the 3 cc nebulization treatment hourly the first day, and 4-6 times a day until the infection is resolved.
You can do this in conjunction with any recommendations your health care practitioner recommends.
Some authors suggest stronger solutions for better antiviral effect up to 0.5% which would be about 15 cc of 3% hydrogen peroxide in the 100 mL of saline. If there is any burning sensation, back off to the more dilute solution.
If no saline is available distilled water can also be used to dilute the hydrogen peroxide. If food grade hydrogen peroxide is not available standard hydrogen peroxide that you can get at the drugstore could be used and then diluted as above, but is not as pure.
He believes that that having a nebulizer and hydrogen peroxide treatment at home would be the end of your family ever having to miss work or school because of a viral illness. It has worked in his practice.
It would be best to have these supplies on hand and ready to use at the first sign of a viral infection whether it be a cold, flu, or other respiratory viral infection. The sooner treatment is begun the less likely it will progress to more serious infection and illness.