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How to care for your cast

(HealthDayNews) -- If you're nursing a broken limb, the American Academy of Family Physicians recommends some do's and don'ts while you're sporting a cast:

Do's

Exercise your fingers, toes, shoulder or elbow joints. Also, keep your broken limb elevated whenever possible.

Don'ts

  • Stand or press on your cast for the first 48 hours.
  • Wet the cast. If you do, use a hair dryer on a low setting to dry it, but check with your doctor before trying this.
  • Stick any objects down your cast. If your skin itches, try tapping the cast.
  • Write on it until it's dry.
  • Cover it with plastic for any length of time.
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