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Aloevera gel consists of the clear gel from the center of fresh leaves ofAloevera and relatedaloes. Active ingredients include mono- and poly-saccharides (e.g., acemannan, glucomannan), allantoin, enzymes (e.g., cyclooxygenase, amylase, lipase, alkaline phosphatase, carboxypeptidase), and salicylic acid. It should not be confused withAloelatex which comes from the inner portion of the skin and contains potent anthraquinone laxatives.Aloevera gel has been used topically on the nipples during nursing to help heal cracked nipples. In a randomized, single-blinded study (investigators blinded), aloe vera was more effective in decreasing nipple pain score after 7 days in women with sore nipples postpartum.[1] If aloe vera is applied to the nipples, it should be washed off before nursing the infant because the taste might adversely affect nursing or cause diarrhea in the infant.[2][3] No data exist on the safety and efficacy ofAloevera gel in nursing mothers or infants.Aloevera gel has caused itching, burning, and allergic contact dermatitis, possibly from contamination with the irritating latex from the leaves.[4][5]Aloevera gel also has an antiplatelet effect and can enhance the antiplatelet effect of other drugs.Aloelatex, the laxative, should not be used during breastfeeding.[6][7]

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2. Yarnell E . Botanical medicine in pregnancy and lactation. Altern Complement Ther. 1997;3 (April):93-100.
3. Larimore WL, Petrie KA. Drug use during pregnancy and lactation. Primary Care. 2000;27:35-53.
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5. De Smet PA. Health risks of herbal remedies: an update. Clin Pharmacol Ther. 2004;76:1-17. PMID:15229459
6. Kopec K. Herbal medications and breastfeeding. J Hum Lact. 1999;15:157-61. PMID:10578793
7. Nice F, Coghlan RJ, Birmingham BT. Which herbals are safe to take while breastfeeding? Here's a guide to popular herbs and their potential risk to nurslings. US Pharm. 2000;25.

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