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December 1976

Hydrogen Peroxide-Induced Skin Blanching

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San Francisco

Arch Dermatol. 1976;112(12):1788-1789. doi:10.1001/archderm.1976.01630370068017

To the Editor.—  Hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) solution has been used in medical practice since 1856 as a disinfectant. Transient whitening of the skin of the fingertips is a common occurrence after short contact with a 3% H2O2 solution.In contradistinction to the skin whitening, a blanching phenomenon of skin in contact with a 3% H2O2 solution was recently noted, an observation not previously described.

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