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Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jul 14, 2021.

What are other common names?

  • A. vera
  • Aloe africana
  • Aloe arborescens
  • Aloe barbadensis
  • Aloe ferox
  • Aloe indica
  • Aloe perryi
  • Aloe vera
  • Aloe vulgaris
  • Aloe Capensis
  • Aloe Gel
  • Aloe Latex
  • Aloe Leaf Gel
  • Aloe Vera
  • Aloe Vera Barbenoids
  • Aloe Vera Gel
  • Aloes
  • Barbados
  • Barbados Aloe
  • Burn Plant
  • Cape
  • Cape Aloe
  • Curacao
  • Curacao Aloe
  • Elephant's Gall
  • Ghee-Kunwar
  • Ghi-Kuvar
  • Ghrita-Kumari
  • Gvar Patha
  • Hsiang-Dan
  • Indian Aloe
  • Jafarabad Aloe
  • Kanya
  • Kumari
  • Lily of the Desert
  • Lu-Hui
  • Plant of Immortality
  • Socotrine
  • Zanzibar

What is this product used for?

Aloe is used by some people to help heal minor wounds or skin abrasions. It may also help ease the pain of minor skin burns, like sunburn. Others may use it to treat signs of frostbite or skin conditions like psoriasis. Some people may use it as a mouthwash to help prevent plaque on teeth.

What are the precautions when taking this product?

  • Always check with your doctor before you use a natural product. Some products may not mix well with drugs or other natural products.

  • Only use aloe on your skin. Do not swallow it. Aloe can cause loose stools and other problems if you swallow it.

  • Do not use this product if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant soon. Use birth control you can trust while taking this product.

  • Take extra care if you are allergic to pollens or plants like ragweed, daisy, aster, marigolds, or chrysanthemums.

What should I watch for?

  • Rash

  • Taking too long for your wound to heal

When do I need to call the doctor?

  • Signs of a very bad reaction. These include wheezing; chest tightness; fever; itching; bad cough; blue skin color; seizures; or swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat. Go to the ER right away.

  • Bruising or bleeding that is not normal

  • Your skin problem is not getting better or is getting worse

Where can I learn more?

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Integrative Health

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