1. Instead of standing in the shower, use a bath stool or take baths.
  2. Because excess humidity can make it tougher to breathe, use warm water rather than hot, leave the bathroom door open, turn on exhaust fans and open a window whenever possible.
  3. If washing your hair in the shower, tub or sink is difficult, ask someone else to do it for you.
  4. Use a long-handled brush or sponge so you won't need to reach to wash your back and feet.
  5. If you rely on oxygen, you can still use it while in the tub or shower—just drape the tube over the shower rod or side of the tub. (It's safe to remove the nasal cannula briefly while washing your face.)
  6. Dry off by wearing a long terry cloth robe and blotting rather than using a towel to rub yourself dry—it takes less effort.

Publication Review By: Peter B. Terry, M.D., M.A.

Published: 20 Jun 2013

Last Modified: 20 Jun 2013