Dr. Aditi Malpani
Education: MBBS, DNB Medicine
Specialties: General Medicine
Work Timing: 10 AM – 6 PM
Here are some precautions to take regarding plaster care-
- After applying the plaster, take a few days off of work to let it set correctly.
- Make sure the plaster remains dry.
- Avoid sticking anything down the plaster because doing so will harm the skin.
- Don’t sever the cast or tamper with it.
To dry a cast that’s damp, use a hair drier set to “cool.” If the cast has yet to dry after 24 hours, get in touch with your doctor.
Find your itch, then tap it on the cast’s exterior. Try using a hair dryer to blast cool air over the cast’s edges. Never place a pencil, a ruler, or an instrument to itch relief within the cast.
Plasters for fractures are often intended to remain dry. Infection or skin irritability may result from a moist cast. Casts made of fiberglass or plaster with standard cushioning are not watertight. Cover your child’s cast with two layers of plastic and secure it with a rubber band or piece of duct tape to keep it dry during baths or showers.
You may occasionally need physiotherapy to help in your recovery. Exercises used in physiotherapy are designed to increase balance, joint mobility, and muscle strength. You can safely resume your daily activities with the use of these workouts. For at least another month, you should take care since the bone is still healing.
If the fracture is minor and stable and the plaster cast is applied at least 48 hours before the flight, flying while injured is safe. If not, the cast would be split in two to prevent issues like compartment syndrome or deep vein thrombosis.