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Unravelling the debate: Hydrogen Peroxide nebulisation therapy explained

Samantha, known for sharing health advice related to her experience with Myositis, an auto-immune condition, sparked a debate on the efficacy and safety of such unconventional treatments.

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Unravelling the debate: Hydrogen Peroxide nebulisation therapy explained
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The actor's social media post promoting Hydrogen Peroxide nebulisation has stirred a debate on medical misinformation and celebrity influence.
 
In a recent social media post, Samantha Ruth Prabhu found herself at the centre of a heated discussion due to her advocacy for nebulisation with Hydrogen Peroxide as an alternative to traditional medication for viral infections. The popular actor shared an Instagram story showcasing her use of a nebuliser. This device converts liquid medication into a mist for inhalation while suggesting followers consider Hydrogen Peroxide nebulisation for viral illnesses.  
 
Samantha, known for sharing health advice related to her experience with Myositis, an auto-immune condition, sparked a debate on the efficacy and safety of such unconventional treatments.
 
Dr. Cyriac Abby Philips, known as “The Liver Doc” on X, responded strongly to Samantha's recommendation. Dr Philips criticised the actor, labelling her as "health and science illiterate" and questioning the credibility of her medical advice. He warned about the potential risks associated with Hydrogen Peroxide nebulisation and expressed concerns about the influence of celebrities spreading medical misinformation.
 
Dr. Philips cited a study by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America to warn about the health risks of nebulising or inhaling Hydrogen Peroxide.
 
While apologising to Samantha Ruth Prabhu for using the term "illiterate" in his criticism, Dr. Philips stressed the importance of combating medical misinformation. He encouraged patients with chronic illnesses to rely on established medical practices.
 
"I empathise with Samantha's health struggles and wish her well," Dr. Philips said. "If my wording caused her distress, I sincerely apologise. My aim was to steer her away from doctors who promote unsubstantiated medical advice and exploit her situation to validate their own approaches." he added.
 
The clash between Samantha Ruth Prabhu and Dr Cyriac Abby Philips highlights the ongoing debate surrounding medical advice, misinformation, and the impact of celebrity endorsements on public health decisions.
 
Understanding Hydrogen Peroxide nebulisation
 
Hydrogen Peroxide appears colourless at room temperature, while a nebuliser is a medical tool that converts liquid into a mist for inhalation into the lungs.
 
It's crucial to understand the potential risks associated with Hydrogen Peroxide nebulisation. When highly concentrated Hydrogen Peroxide is nebulised and inhaled, it can interact with substances in the air or residues in the nebuliser, producing harmful by-products that can damage the lungs and cause inflammation in the airways. The FDA has not approved nebulised Hydrogen Peroxide for any medical use due to these risks.
 
Exposure to Hydrogen Peroxide, whether through ingestion, inhalation, or skin contact, can result in various health issues such as headaches, dizziness, nausea, and vomiting. Inhaling Hydrogen Peroxide can cause nose and throat irritation, lung irritation, and even pulmonary edema, a serious condition involving fluid buildup in the lungs. It's essential to prioritise safety and rely on approved medical treatments to avoid potential health complications.

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