Are there shampoos those with COPD prefer?

I have problems breathing after I shampoo my hair.


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  • Leon Lebowitz, BA, RRT moderator
    2 years ago

    Hi Korea – I see you’ve gotten a good bit of information already from both Lazy T and Casey.
    Others in our community have expressed similar sentiments when it comes to washing hair and showering. I thought you might find it helpful to look over these two articles on this particular subject:
    First, this one from our community members: https://copd.net/living/community-feedback-tips-for-showering/,
    And next, these suggestions from our team of experts: https://copd.net/answers/expert-answers-showering/
    I do hope you find them interesting and informative.
    All the best,
    Leon (site moderator)

  • Lazy T
    2 years ago

    While shampoo may very well be the problem, one must also consider the amount of activity involved in shampooing one’s hair…long hair requires much more hands,elbows, and arms up activity than short hair. My hair is short, and I still get some shortness of breath because of the activity. I use Prell, which doesn’t have much of a fragrance. My problem is when I don’t pay attention to the amount of activity involved. Any activity head high or above my head causes a problem just as bending over to pick something up from the floor.

  • Lazy T
    2 years ago

    While shampoo may very well be the problem, one must also consider the amount of activity involved in shampooing one’s hair…long hair requires much more hands,elbows, and arms up activity than short hair. My hair is short, and I still get some shortness of breath because of the activity. I use Prell, which doesn’t have much of a fragrance. My problem is when I don’t pay attention to the amount of activity involved.

  • Casey Hribar moderator
    2 years ago

    GREAT point, Lazy T! Thank you for sharing!! -Casey, COPD.net Team

  • Casey Hribar moderator
    2 years ago

    Hi korea!

    Thanks for your question. Others in the community may be able to give you feedback as well in regards to what shampoos they like, however, in the meantime, I’ve found a few articles you may be interested in. The first one is a series and talks about making your home COPD-friendly, mainly in regards to cleaning products (like shampoos) that may cause irritation post-use. You can find this here, https://copd.net/living/creating-a-friendly-home-part-1/ Another article I’ve found that you may like is similar to the first, however, it talks about making your body COPD-friendly, and specifically includes frustrations with shampoos, perfumes, and the like. You can find this one here, https://copd.net/living/make-body-friendly/

    Have you found any shampoos that you like better than others? Or are most giving you trouble? Thank you again for your question!

    Best, Casey (COPD.net Team)

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