Skin Care after Cast Removal
- Your skin may be dry with rough, scaly patches. The new skin underneath may be quite tender.
- Gently wash your skin with mild soap and warm water for the next few days. Do not rub the skin roughly.
- Do not shave the area for at least three days.
- Use a non-irritating or alcohol and perfume-free body lotion to moisten to the skin.
- It is normal for your joints and muscles to be weak and sore from not using them. Your doctor may prescribe an exercise program to help you regain your strength and mobility.
- If you have been in a cast for more than 3 weeks, “dead” skin can build up under the cast. Once your cast is removed, soak your skin in warm water for 20 minutes twice a day. Gently rub dry with a terry towel. When drying your skin, be careful not to damage the new skin . Over time, the skin will become normal.
The information provided should not be used during any medical emergency or for the diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. A licensed physician should be consulted for diagnosis and treatment of any and all medical conditions. Call 911 for all medical emergencies. Any duplication or distribution of the information contained herein is strictly prohibited.
Last Updated: 03/04/2010
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