Latex is a very common allergen. It can be acquired by individuals who have long-term exposure to latex, such as health care workers. According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, people with latex allergy often experience skin rashes, itching, stuffy nose and difficulty breathing when exposed to latex.
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In the U. But this well-known plant has a long history of medicinal use. Aloe vera was officially listed as a purgative and skin protectant by the U.
Aloe veraa member of the lily family, is a spiky, succulent, perennial plant. It is indigenous to eastern and southern Africa, but has been spread throughout many of the warmer regions of the world, and is also popularly grown indoors. There are about identified species, but Aloe vera "true aloe" is the most popular for medical applications. It has also been known as Aloe vulgaris "common aloe" and Aloe barbadensis.
Aloe, a plant, produces two substances used in health care products — clear gel and yellow latex. People primarily use aloe's clear gel topically in creams and ointments to treat burns, the skin condition psoriasis and even acne. Some also take the gel orally to treat certain conditions.
Often extolled for its soothing qualities, aloe vera is most commonly used as a topical ointment for burns, sun damage and skin abrasions, but this ancient plant may offer deeper healing abilities when taken orally. Most of us are familiar with the presence of aloe vera in cosmetics and skin creams; it moisturizes and has anti-aging effects. However, many people who live according to a natural health philosophy have long viewed the plant as a potent superfood.
When using aloe for medicinal purposes, two parts of the plant can be beneficial. These are the gel, taken from the inner leaf, and the latex, a yellow substance just under the skin of the leaf. Whole leaf aloe vera gel contains both of these substances, while inner leaf aloe vera gel should be latex-free.
Matt Ronquillo is a content developer and an English teacher who has lived and worked in Barcelona, Jakarta and Prague. He holds a BA in communications with a concentration in technical writing from Kaplan University. Aloe latex is a yellowish fluid derived from the inner lining of the leaves of aloe vera plants.