Aloe Vera

Case
A mother calls to ask for your advice about treatment for her daughter’s sunburn. The eight-year-old had applied sunscreen over her face, arms and legs, and had worn a T-shirt over her bathing suit until mid-afternoon when she got hot and removed it. She has a mild (first degree) burn over her shoulders and back and is well hydrated but mildly uncomfortable. The mother would like to use a home remedy on the burn, but isn’t sure if aloe vera is safe for children.
Question
Which of the following is TRUE about aloe vera?
Aloe vera gel reduces inflammation and enhances would healing in animals.

Aloe vera gel increases the risk of infection.


 


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