Skin Care after Cast Removal
ξ Your skin may be dry with rough, scaly
patches. The new skin underneath may
be quite tender.
ξ Gently wash your skin with mild soap
and warm water for the next few days.
Do not rub the skin roughly.
ξ Do not shave the area for at least three
ξ Use a non-irritating or alcohol and
perfume-free body lotion to moisten to
ξ 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.
ξ 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
Your health care team may have given you this information as part of your care. If so, please use it and call if
you have any questions. If this information was not given to you as part of your care, please check with your
doctor. This is not medical advice. This is not to be used for diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition.
Because each person’s health needs are different, you should talk with your doctor or others on your health care
team when using this information. If you have an emergency, please call 911. Copyright ©10/2017. University of
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