Last night I cut myself and began to clean the wound with alcohol (the standard rubbing alcohol that you buy in a drugstore). My wife saw me cringe as I applied the alcohol to the cut and said that I should use hydrogen peroxide instead because it doesn’t sting. My reply was that, in my opinion, peroxide stings WORSE than alcohol, because it takes longer to evaporate off the skin. I’ve also heard that peroxide doesn’t disinfect as effectively as alcohol.
My question(s), then, are:
Is there a difference in the chemical reactions of peroxide and alcohol when applied to a wound?
Is one any better than the other at cleaning a wound?
Which one stings worse? (I know this is somewhat subjective, but there must be some empirical evidence available)
“More hay Trigger?”
“No thanks Roy, I’m stuffed!”