Dealing with a broken bone can be a difficult process and everyone who has ever worn a cast, knows it can be a physical challenge sometimes. The good news is that there are many things that you can do to protect the cast padding material from becoming itchy or developing unpleasant odors. Here are a few tips you should keep in mind when wearing a fiberglass cast or even a waterproof cast..
- Keep your cast padding clean.
- Keep your waterproof cast material dry.
- If your cast gets wet, be sure to dry it as much as possible and as soon as possible.
- Avoid exposure to dirt and sand.
- Wrap an ice pack in a thin towel and apply it to the exposed area that is close to your cast.
Make the Most of Your Recovery with a Cast
Cast maintenance can be a tedious task. However, waterproof casts have advantages over traditional casts such as being able to take a dip in the pool and shower, swim in the ocean or lakes, or even bathing in a cast does wonders for patients how may have trouble dealing with their injury. Following the aforementioned tips, you shouldn’t have to worry about damaging the cast, having it smell bad, or it being excessively irritating.
Limit Exposure to Time in Water
Keeping all of this in mind and taking advantage of the benefits of our waterproof cast padding matrial, we still recommend to limit your time in any type of water as you bathe or swim with a waterproof cast to make sure it holds strong during the recovery period.
Cleaning Your Waterproof Cast
We recommend using clean water (filtered or tap work just fine) and mild soap after you have been in the shower, pool, or ocean to help rinse away salt water or chemicals which could cause skin irritation. It is a good idea to get the cast wet at least once a day in order to reduce odor and itchiness.
If you are interested in getting a waterproof cast, contact us or talk with your doctor!