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What is a plaster cast?

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This is made of plaster of Paris, a white powder that, when mixed with water, turns into a thick paste that hardens. Take care not to get your cast wet. It can start to dissolve or irritate your skin. Take baths instead of showers. Cover the cast with a plastic bag or a sleeve sold in drugstores. If it gets wet, dry it with a blow-dryer on a cool setting, or suck air through the cast with a vacuum cleaner hose.

From: Casts: Tips for Care and Comfort WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Cleveland Clinic: “Casts and Splints.”

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: “Care of Casts and Splints.”

Mayo Clinic: “Cast Care: Do’s and Don’ts.”

Nemours: “When Your Child Needs a Cast.”

KidsHealth: “Cool Cast Facts,” “Frequently Asked Questions about Casts.”

AboutKidsHealth (Canada): “Case Care: Arm or Leg Cast.”

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on December 17, 2017

SOURCES:

Cleveland Clinic: “Casts and Splints.”

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: “Care of Casts and Splints.”

Mayo Clinic: “Cast Care: Do’s and Don’ts.”

Nemours: “When Your Child Needs a Cast.”

KidsHealth: “Cool Cast Facts,” “Frequently Asked Questions about Casts.”

AboutKidsHealth (Canada): “Case Care: Arm or Leg Cast.”

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on December 17, 2017

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