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Using Aloe (Overview)

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 have severe side effects.


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What can you do for sunburn that doesn't involve using aloe?

What can you do for sunburn that doesn't involve using aloe?

Sunburn: V pain by placing cool, moist compresses on skin. Nsaid's ; Acetaminophen can help. Benadryl (diphenhydramine) can be used for itching. Hydrate well ; don't peel off deep layers. ...Read more

Using Aloe (Overview)

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 have severe side effects.


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Hi I was planning on using aloe to help loose weight because I've been gaining weight really fast.will it help me to loose fat fast with some exercis?

Hi I was planning on using aloe to help loose weight because I've been gaining weight really fast.will it help me to loose fat fast with some exercis?

To Lose Weight: Gaining weight fast could be due to overeating to cope with worry, fear, sadness, resentment, loneliness ,or low self-esteem. Aloe Vera may result in weight loss due to its laxative effect. It can result in electrolyte imbalances causing numbness, weak muscles, •Exercise will help, slowly increase pace •Diet 1500 Cal/day •Therapy •Be patient •Set goal of losing 1-2 lbs/week Respect yourself! ...Read more

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What are the benefits of using aloe vera on your face?

What are the benefits of using aloe vera on your face?

Aloe vera: Aloe vera can be used as a burn treatment. It contains anti-inflammatory acids. Aloe vera soothes inflammed, burned skin and irritated skin and reduces the chance of skin infections. ...Read more

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I've been using aloe gel and the black spots still showed up on my shoulder?

I've been using aloe gel and the black spots still showed up on my shoulder?

Black spots: A big red flag goes up when patients say they have "black spots on their shoulder". See a doctor immediately for a skin exam to make sure these do not represent melanoma, a skin cancer. Learn about the ABCD's of melanoma here: http://www.webmd.com/melanoma-skin-cancer/abcds-of-melanoma-skin-cancer ...Read more

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What are the dangers or concerns of using aloe vera on a cut or wound when you are pregnant?

What are the dangers or concerns of using aloe vera on a cut or wound when you are pregnant?

Low: Although oral (by mouth) aloe is contraindicated during pregnancy, the chances of affecting your pregnancy by using topical (on the skin) aloe are very low. ...Read more

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I get acne in areas where I shave despite cleansing and using aloe. Would epilating or at-home lasers be better?

I get acne in areas where I shave despite cleansing and using aloe. Would epilating or at-home lasers be better?

Scientific Rx: Aloe and washing aren't effective for acne in spite of the junk that's online. If this is really acne and not beard folliculitis like a lot of guys, you need to treat it as such. Topical benzoyl peroxide as tolerable is your best friend; a salicylic acid wash or topical retinoic acid. This should help. If you're not clear in two weeks, get seen by your personal physician. ...Read more

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Recent sunburn (last weekend) it's still red, peeling, but but it's light brown now. I'm using aloe and cream. Is this normal?

Recent sunburn (last weekend) it's still red, peeling, but but it's light brown now. I'm using aloe and cream. Is this normal?

Absolutely.: Skin pigment changes are expected after UV exposure, even if excessive exposure causes some initial inflammation, "burn". Best to avoid the burn, with is more likely to be associated with subsequent skin cancer than the pigment changes of a more gradual exposure. ...Read more

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I m using aloe vera gel of u.S based company forever living.I live in india.Is this recognised in u.S?Nd tell benefits of using this nd procedure..Tks

Aloe vera is: Exceptionally helpful for some types of burn healing. Here is the issue - most popular products containing aloe vera don't have a high enough concentration to get the job done well. Thus, using the sap from an actual aloe vera plant is the best way to go. ...Read more

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I am experiencing redness due to toothpaste left overnight. Happened 3 days ago, wont go away. Using Aloe Vera, wont work. Have grad next week and need it to go away asap?

I am experiencing redness due to toothpaste left overnight. Happened 3 days ago, wont go away. Using Aloe Vera, wont work. Have grad next week and need it to go away asap?

Redness: I'm assuming the redness is on your lips or face? If you want the best chance of it going away in time see a Dermatologist right away. If not and still there for graduation, consider makeup? ...Read more

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Will using Aloe Vera help with my hair growth on my natural hair?

Not likely: As remarkable as aloe can be - know of no studies that show it causes increased hair growth. ...Read more

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I got a bikini wax yesterday and I'm pretty itchy today. I've been using aloe for the burn. Is there anything else i can use or stick to that?

I got a bikini wax yesterday and I'm pretty itchy today. I've been using aloe for the burn. Is there anything else i can use or stick to that?

Hydrocortisone: 1% hydrocortisone can help with the itching after a bikini wax. If there is an allergic component, the non-sedating antihistamines like zyrtec and allegra (fexofenadine) can also help. Hope you feel better fast. ...Read more

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Could using Aloe Vera as an after shave have given me a yeast infection?

Could using Aloe Vera as an after shave have given me a yeast infection?

Not likely: While anything is possible, aloe vera is felt to have anti-fungal properties, making it less likely to cause a yeast infection, and possible treat one. Are your using clean razor blades, as it's possible that a shared, reused razor blades could expose you to a fungus/yeast infection! ...Read more

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I am using aloe vera gel instead of shampoo.Direct apply of aloe vera gel will make hair lose?

I am using aloe vera gel instead of shampoo.Direct apply of aloe vera gel will make hair lose?

No: The gel will not clean your hair or scalp either. It is not a substitute for shampoo. ...Read more

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Hi I've been trying to loose weight and I want to start using aloe to help bust weight can I do so while breast feeding ?

Not recommended: Mayo clinic has a nice review of side effects of aloe: http://www.mayoclinic.org/drugs-supplements/aloe/safety/hrb-20058665. You may find that you can jump start some weight loss if you focus on drinking plenty of water, limit carbs to one serving daily of whole grains daily except for vegetables and fresh fruit, and eat lean meats. Supplement calcium or drink skim milk. ...Read more

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I have a sunburn and I am using aloe Vera and I'm peeling and seeing white spots. Should i be worried? Is there anything i can use to make not visible

Dead skin cells: Unfortunately, a skin burn is 'bad news' for the skin- it's damaged and now sloughing off... so you will see the dead skin particles coming off. There's not much you can do about that... aloe might 'mask' some of the dry flakiness by adding moisture. The real issue is prevention of sunburn in the first place. It can damage skin longer term and cause cancer with repeated sunburns. See derma if Q's. ...Read more

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Can scare on my legs over 20 years be remove completely using aloe vera and honey mixtures?

Scars are permanent: Your mature scar will not have any change with any topical mixture. The only way to get some improvement is with a laser or surgical scar revision. No one can completely remove the scar, they can only make it look better. ...Read more

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