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Welcome to our health education library. The information shared below is provided to you as an educational and informational source only and is not intended to replace a medical examination or consultation, or medical advice given to you by a physician or medical professional.

Cast Care

You've just been given a cast made of plaster or fiberglass. This cast will hold your arm or leg in place to help it heal. Though it might feel a bit awkward at first, you'll soon get used to it. During the coming days and weeks, the way you treat your cast can play a big part in how fast and how well you heal.

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To keep your cast dry around water, wrap it in plastic. Use heavy tape to keep the plastic in place.

Keep the Cast Dry

If a plaster cast gets wet, it can soften and fall apart. And if the padding of a fiberglass cast gets wet, it can irritate and damage your skin. So your cast must stay dry.

  • Avoid activities that can get your cast wet. These include swimming, fishing, washing dishes, and even going out in the rain.

  • Bathe as directed by your healthcare provider. When you bathe, keep your cast out of water and wrapped in plastic.

  • Don't soak your cast in water, even if it's wrapped in plastic.

  • If your cast does get wet, try drying it as soon as possible. To do this, use a hair dryer set to cool. Call your healthcare provider if your cast doesn't dry within 24 hours.

Handle with Care

For the best results, remember the following:

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Do

  • Do keep the cast clean and dry. Cover it with plastic to protect it when around dirt or water.

  • Do use any support you are given, such as crutches or a sling.

  • Do elevate the cast above your heart whenever possible.

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  • Don't slide anything inside the cast, even to scratch your skin.

  • Don't put lotions or powders around the cast or inside it.

  • Don't bang the cast.

  • Don't cut the cast or pull it apart.

  • Don't wash the cast.

Date Last Reviewed: 2005-04-04T00:00:00-06:00

Date Last Modified: 2005-04-04T00:00:00-06:00

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