It’s safe for most people to use aloe vera topically for minor skin care concerns. Generally, it’s well tolerated, though skin irritations and allergic reactions are possible. Never use aloe vera or any severe cuts or burns.
Pay attention to how your body reacts to aloe. Notice if you experience any sensitivities or adverse reactions. Don’t use aloe if you’re allergic to garlic, onions, or tulips. Avoid taking aloe vera within two weeks of any scheduled surgery.
Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding, and children under the age of 12, should avoid the oral use of aloe vera.
Carefully follow the dosage information when taking aloe vera gel or latex internally. Limit your use to small periods of time. After a few weeks of use, take a break for at least one week. Always buy from a reputable brand to ensure safety and quality.
The laxative effect of aloe vera latex has the potential to cause diarrhoea and abdominal cramps. These effects could inhibit the absorption of oral drugs and reduce their effectiveness.
Do not take aloe vera internally if you have the following conditions:
- kidney conditions
- renal disorder
- cardiac condition
- Crohn's Disease
- ulcerative colitis
- intestinal obstructions
Possible side effects of aloe vera include:
- kidney issues
- blood in the urine
- low potassium
- muscle weakness
- nausea or stomach pain
- electrolyte imbalances
Talk to your doctor before using aloe vera if you are also taking the following medications, because aloe vera may interact with them:
- water pills (diuretics)
- herbs and supplements
- digoxin (Lanoxin)
- warfarin (Coumadin, Jantoven)
- sevoflurane (Ultane)
- stimulant laxatives
- diabetes medications