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Who should use aloe vera?

Topical aloe vera is intended for moisturizing the skin and healing skin infections, wounds, burns, and skin conditions. It has been shown to generally be safe and possibly effective in the treatment of psoriasis when applied to the affected area.

Aloe vera is effective for constipation when the latex is taken orally, but it may cause side effects of cramping and diarrhea. Individuals use aloe vera for many conditions that have not been studied for safety and efficacy. The FDA requested manufacturers remove or reformulate oral laxative products and report safety data by November 2002.


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