How to Keep a Cast Dry While Showering

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Keeping your cast dry while showering is necessary because water and other types of moisture can soften the cast, especially if it is primarily made of plaster. A softened cast may not provide the quality of support that your broken limb needs. While it is generally easier to take a bath rather than a shower when you're trying to keep a cast dry, you can take a shower, but you should take steps to ensure that your cast will stay dry.

Things You'll Need

  • Plastic bag
  • Rubber bands
  • Plastic wrap
  • Aluminum foil

Bag Method

  • Check a plastic bag for holes. You can use a grocery bag or a trash bag, depending on the size of your cast.

  • Cover your cast with the bag.

  • Place a rubber band around the open end of the bag to secure it to your body so that water can't get inside. Keep the limb out of the path of the water as much as possible when showering.

  • Remove the rubber band and bag promptly after showering.

Plastic Wrap Method

  • Wrap your cast in several layers of plastic wrap.

  • Cover the plastic wrap with aluminum foil.

  • Place rubber bands at either end of the plastic and foil wrap to create a seal.

  • Keep the limb out of the path of the water as much as possible when showering. Remove your protective garb as soon as you finish your shower.

Tips & Warnings

  • You may also buy a bath sleeve at a medical supply store to wear over your cast while bathing or showering.
  • Always keep the cast out of water, no matter which method you use.

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