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Tips for Showering

  • By Stephanie Huston Keymaster

    Showering seems like such a basic thing, but for many with COPD, it’s no easy task. What strategies have you tried to ease the burden of showering?

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  • By marian

    I think I have tried about everything going, I do plan a time now if at 9.00 at night I have enough energy then I will shower, all depends on how I feel. Always have a dressing gown ready to difficult to towel dry, if anyone has more ideas I would love to know.x

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    • By jragan

      I ensure that I have used my emergency enhaler to calm the muscles around my lungs. My good part of the day is early afternoon. I am on 24/7 oxygen and use oxygen while in the shower. The shower also has a seat so I don’t have to stand the whole time. Hair comes first (I use baby body soap, so any soap does not hurt my eyes) even though the soap does a number on my colored hair. The rest is done while sitting. If you have a routine, it is easy to get through the ‘shower’ anguish. Also keep in mind that you don’t have to shower everyday. As a matter of fact, health wise it is better to shower less frequently. The essential oils don’t need to be replenished everyday.

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    • By kwilter2

      Hi jragan,
      I find that my shower in the morning is my most difficult for me to handle.
      Fortunately for me, my daughter is a nurse who has worked in nursing homes for over 30 years and knows how to fix most things for me. She got me a bench that fits in my tub and my son in law rigged up a hand held shower. This has made my shower so much safer and more pleasant.
      I also never start without taking my phone in there with me.
      Hope this helps you also!
      Sincerely, Kwilter2

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    • By Leon Lebowitz, BA, RRT Moderator

      Hi Kwilter and thanks for sharing your experiences with COPD and showering. You’ll note that Stephanie has provided a link to an article that summarizes our community’s feedback on this particular subject – for your convenience, here is that link: —> https://copd.net/living/community-feedback-tips-for-showering/ I thought you might find it interesting to read.
      All the best,
      Leon (site moderator)

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    • By Leon Lebowitz, BA, RRT Moderator

      Hi Marian and JRagan and thanks for posting your experiences with the shower. Some members of our community have suggested having a terrycloth robe ready for after the shower. That will absorb all your moisture and make drying off somewhat effortless.
      If you log on to our Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/copddotnet/ you’ll find many, many more comments concerning showering.

      You’ll find the showering topic on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/copddotnet/posts/1722349138023104
      We’re so glad you found our community. You are always welcome here.
      Regards,
      Leon (site moderator)

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  • By azkittkatt1165

    I find it is a little easier if I shampoo my hair and then just stand and let the water help relax me for about 5 minutes, then proceed to wash the upper body….rest and deep breath for another 5 minutes…then wash the lower body as bet I can because it takes more energy to wash the lower extremities….then I actually pat dry in the shower and take a break before I get dressed. It is a long process and I only shower every other day because of that…unless I have several doctor appointments in the same week…which happens alot 🙂

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    • By Bernadette

      Hi,yes,I do almost the identical to what you do,find this the most productive & satisfactory way,I used to get in a bit of a panic before this,but now find I can really enjoy the shower

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    • By Leon Lebowitz, BA, RRT Moderator

      That’s so good to hear, Bernadette and we thank you for posting your experiences. I’m hopeful other members will read your words and be encouraged by what you’ve shared.
      All the best,
      Leon (site moderator)

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  • By Leon Lebowitz, BA, RRT Moderator

    Hey Stephanie – thanks for pointing us in that direction. There is some genuinely worthwhile feedback from the community in that article.

    Regards,
    Leon (site moderator)

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  • By Dymund

    I follow the tips mentioned; using a hand held shower head, using shampooing my hair first, use conditioner and let it sit and then wash myself. After the shower I rinse my hair and then me. Also, using a bath brush for the back is helpful. My Pulmonologist said I can bump my Oxygen up while showering. That really helps along with pursed lip breathing.

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  • By Leon Lebowitz, BA, RRT Moderator

    Hi Dymund – it’s so good to hear you’ve found the tips (for showering) to be helpful. Glad that this all works for you. We also really appreciate you sharing your experiences with our online community. Keep up the good work!
    All the best,
    Leon (site moderator)

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