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Doctor insights on: Aloe Vera And Acid Reflux

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Aloe Lotion (Definition)

Aloe gel, made from the central part of the aloe leaf, is a common household remedy for minor cuts and burns, as well as sunburns. It can be found in many commercial skin lotions and cosmetics. Aloe contains active compounds that may decrease pain and inflammation and stimulate skin growth and repair. For this reason, aloe vera gel has gained tremendous popularity for relief of burns, with individual success in helping minor burns. In one study, burn sites treated with aloe healed completely in less than 16 days compared to 19 days for sites treated with silver sulfadiazine. In a review of the scientific literature, researchers found that patients who were treated with aloe vera healed an average of almost 9 days sooner than those who weren't treated with the medicinal plant. However, other studies show mixed results, including at least one study that found aloe actually delayed healing. Aloe is best used for minor burns and skin irritations, and should never be applied ...Read more


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Is aloe vera juice acidic or alkaline?

Is aloe vera juice acidic or alkaline?

Mostly slightly acid: Slightly acidic. Depend on concentration and different Co producing it. ...Read more

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Hi, i have acid reflux problem. Im taking Nexium (esomeprazole) 1 tablet every day. Aloe vera juice and coconut water is good for that ?

Hi, i have acid reflux problem. Im taking Nexium (esomeprazole) 1 tablet every  day. Aloe vera  juice  and coconut  water  is good for that ?

DGL: DGL is licorice w/an enzyme removed which could raise BP if taken over a long period of time. DGL is used as a natural replacement for acid blockers. It coats the stomach and esophagus. Peace and good health. If you are on an acid blocker and switch (ask doc first) you may have a rebound effect for a while. ...Read more

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Can aloe vera or MEBO herbal ointment help with chemical burn (acid) caused by applying direct apple cider vinegar? What can help with the scarring?

Can aloe vera or MEBO herbal ointment help with chemical burn (acid) caused by applying direct apple cider vinegar? 
What can help with the scarring?

Burn: The best thing to do is consult with a skin specialist, a Dermatologist, who can properly asses the severity of the damage and prescribe effective care. ...Read more

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Acid reflux does garling with warm water w. salt keep the acid down?

Acid reflux does garling with warm water w. salt keep the acid down?

No: Gargling with salt water may help your throat if it is irritated from the reflux but it does not keep the acid down.You can take antacids for the reflux but also avoid caffeine, nicotine and alcohol. Maintain a healthy weight. eat small meals and avoid eating before bedtime. All these things will help decrease the reflux. ...Read more

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Which brand of aloe vera juice tastes best?

Which brand of aloe vera juice tastes best?

Don't base on taste!: In choosing aloe vera juice i believe taste is much less important than which is most beneficial- do you want a good tasting brand that is ineffective? And different people may have different ideas on which tastes best- it's a bit like asking which wine tastes best! there are many brands, each claiming to be the best. In my comment are links to help you choose quality brands. Taste them yourself! ...Read more

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Can drinking aloe vera juice daily help with diverticulitis?

Can drinking aloe vera juice daily help with diverticulitis?

Sorry, but no...: Diverticulitis is essentially a local infection where bacteria get trapped and fester inside a pocket (the diverticulum) of the gut (diverticuli can occur in any portion of the GI tract, but diverticulitis is most often described in the colon). This can lead to abscess, perforation, fistula formation, bleeding. Treatment is antibiotics (surgery if recurrent). Aloe vera is pretty useless here. ...Read more

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Have a benzoyl peroxide cleanser, a salicylic acid cleanser, tea tree oil, and some aloe vera gel. How can I use these together effectively to treat acne?

Have a benzoyl peroxide cleanser, a salicylic acid cleanser, tea tree oil, and some aloe vera gel. How can I use these together effectively to treat acne?

May not work: Use the topical benzoyl peroxide as you can tolerate, a daily wash with the salicylic acid, tea tree oil only if you are a female (it's made men grow breasts), leave the aloe vera unused. This will clear you only if your acne is mild. If it's on your trunk is producing scars or isn't gone in two weeks, get with your physician who can add prescription-strength Rx. ...Read more

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Is Carafate (sucralfate) also good at healing esophageal damage from acid reflux?

Is Carafate (sucralfate) also good at healing esophageal damage from acid reflux?

No really: Carafate (sucralfate) is good at helping ulcers heal. If you have ulceration in your esophagus from acid reflux, then it might help. If you just have inflammation (aka "reflux esophagitis") then carafate (sucralfate) is generally a waste of time and money. It's really difficult to take (4 times per day) so I only advise my patients in whom I suspect ulcers to take carafate (sucralfate). ...Read more

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Does fruit of the earth aloe vera gel help with acne?

Does fruit of the earth aloe vera gel help with acne?

Probably not: Your best friend is topical benzoyl peroxide 5% 2x/day. If you're not clear in two weeks, get with your personal physician for some prescription rx that's right for you. ...Read more

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Do Deglycyrrhized licorice (DGL) and zinc carnosine (Polaprezinc in Japan) work for treating acid reflux and GERD?

Do Deglycyrrhized licorice (DGL) and zinc carnosine (Polaprezinc in Japan) work for treating acid reflux and GERD?

Unknown.: There are not good human studies for either one of them to be able to assess their effect on G.I. diseases. There do not seem to be bad side effects for zinc carnosine. It is less clear for DGL. It can have bad interactions with other medications and other supplements. If you want to take either of these, discuss it with your doctor first. Good luck. ...Read more

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Should a person who has skin that is sensitive to aloe take aloe vera for acid reflux?

Should a person who has skin that is sensitive to aloe take aloe vera for acid reflux?

Not a good idea: If you are sensitive to aloe on your skin, i would definitely avoid taking it by mouth. Even if you didn't trigger any problems by ingesting it, you could have a contact sensitivity at the other end of the digestive system, something to avoid! ...Read more

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Citric acid or bromelain cause pineapple to burn tongue?

Citric acid or bromelain cause pineapple to burn tongue?

No: All fruits have citric acid however not strong enough acid to cause a burn. Like spicy foods, citric acid may cause the tongue to tingle and feel like burning. ...Read more

Using Aloe (Definition)

The Aloe vera plant has been used for thousands of years to heal a variety of conditions, most notably burns, wounds, skin irritations, and constipation. It is grown in most subtropical and tropical locations, including South Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean. Aloe was one of the most frequently prescribed medicines throughout most of the 18th and 19th centuries and it remains one of the most commonly used herbs in the United States today. However, oral use of aloe for constipation is no longer recommended, as it can ...Read more


Dr. Suzanne Galli
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Acid Reflux (Definition)

Technically called GERD, acid reflux is the presence of acidic stomach contents in the esophagus. The acid irritates the esophagus causing heartburn symptoms. The regurgitation or reflux can vary greatly as can the symptoms. Blocking stomach acid with medications can alleviate the burning but medication cannot stop the reflux. Complicated GERD requires surgical treatment ...Read more