Breaking a bone is painful enough. Cut down your recovery time by taking good care of your cast.
- Step 1: Keep your cast dry. Whether it's made of plaster or waterproof fiberglass, water can damage it and cause skin irritation, so tie a few plastic bags over your cast when bathing or showering.
- TIP: Buy a waterproof cast protector or liner that allows you to submerge your cast for short periods of time.
- Step 2: Avoid getting any foreign objects inside your cast, like dirt, sand, or powder. These are irritants, and can cause infection. If you have an itch, do not stick anything into your cast to scratch. If itchiness becomes unbearable, consult your doctor.
- TIP: Try using a blow dryer set on low to blow cool air inside the cast.
- Step 3: Never trim or alter a cast. If there are rough edges irritating the skin, ask your doctor to deal with them.
- Step 4: Inspect the skin around the cast regularly to make sure no rashes or irritations are developing.
- TIP: Put some rubbing alcohol on the skin near the edges of the cast to prevent irritation.
- Step 5: Inspect the cast regularly for cracks or soft spots. If they occur, contact your doctor for repairs. Now hang in there -- with a little patience, you'll be off the disabled list and ready to roll again in no time.
- FACT: According to the _Guinness Book of World Records_, legendary motorcycle stuntman Evel Knievel has survived the "most bones broken in a lifetime."