Taking a shower is one thing most of us never really think about. We simply do it, but what if suddenly, you find yourself contending with a cast? The first rule of getting a cast is to keep it dry no matter what, so how do you shower when a cast is somewhere on your body. There are many methods to keeping your cast dry while maintaining your personal hygiene and here is what you need to know about showering with a cast on.

How to Shower with Cast on Your Hand

It can be very annoying to contend with a cast on your hand, but broken bones on the hand or wrist are very common. Bones break as we age and we all have to take care of our most used appendage. A hand cast might be a bother, but it is actually one of the easiest parts to keep dry during a shower. Generally, an older method of maintaining a dry cast is to place a plastic bag over it, but the bag can never really keep your cast dry as it has an inability to provide an airtight fit. However, a cast cover does contend with gaps and allows water to simply flow off the cover rather than the cast. A cast cover can be applied to practically any cast and it is, by far, the best solution for covering your cast.

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How to Shower with a Boot Cast On

Naturally, you will want to cover your cast with a boot cast cover, but there is more to consider when contending with a foot injury. Standing in the shower on one foot is dangerous and should never be attempted. When a foot injury calls for a cast, consider getting a shower stool for use while you shower.
Shower stools are excellent tools to help you keep clean without having to stand in the shower. They can be purchased in a wide range of styles and offer optimal stability in standard shower units. These devices can also fold up when not in use, so you will not have to contend with an overly bulky shower stool if you share a home and subsequently, a shower with others in your space.

How to Shower with A Cast on Leg

A cast cover for a leg cast is available and should certainly be used while showering and a shower stool is certainly recommended in this instance as well. However, with such a substantial part of your body covered with a cast, you may also want to invest in additional support within your shower. Items like sure grip bath mats allow the surface of the shower to ultimately stable without taking up valuable space. Also, suction cup handles can be an inexpensive solution to help you manage shower time with a leg cast. These handles can be placed anywhere in a smooth surface of a shower to offer a convenient way to grip and move about the space. They are ideal for elderly patients as well as those contending with an injury such as a broken leg.

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Different sizes available, used by NHS, made in the UK to the highest standard

How to Shower with a Cast on Your Arm

Showering with an arm cast is difficult, especially when the affected arm is your dominant one. It is highly recommended that you utilize an arm cast cover from your physician or local pharmacy supply store. Applying the cast cover is easy and it will fit snugly around the top of your arm. They are available in multiple designs and sizes to fit your individual needs.

With an arm cast, you will want to use a shower stool and adjustable handles to help you move around when no one is available to assist you. You will not want to be trying to stand in the shower, apply soaps and shampoos, and try to move around effectively with just one arm. It is unsafe and the addition of shower assistance is necessary. The cast cover will certainly keep your arm dry, but the arm should not be rested on for support.

Conclusion

A broken bone is never fun no matter what your age or ability level. Casts are comprised of various materials, but most often, are standard plaster used to harden and support the bone while it heals. A wet cast will disintegrate causing it to have to be removed and re-cast for proper healing. Investing in tools such as cast covers, shower stools, adjustable handles, bath mats, and steps will offer substantial assistance while your bones heal.

These options do not require a permanent change to your bathroom, so once you are completely healed, your bathroom can be put back as it was. However, having these options available if and when you have an injury will ensure you can take care of yourself and heal successfully.

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