It may seem simple to most people, but for someone with a chronic breathing condition, showering can use a lot of energy and oxygen.

If you’re struggling to breathe in the shower, use these tips to make it easier:

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Bath Stool Icon

Get a
bath stool

they are waterproof, lightweight, fit in a tub or shower, easily removable, and you can often adjust their height to what suits you best.

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Showerhead Icon

Get a hand-held showerhead

with a long hose, so you can take the water to where you need it rather than moving around to get to the water.

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Shower Bursh Icon

Use long-handled sponges, brushes, and scrubbers

while showering so you don’t have to bend and stretch as much.

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Shower Ventilation Icon

Ventilation
is key—

humidity can really affect the breathing of many people with lung disease; if possible, leave the bathroom door open, use the exhaust fan or crack open a window.

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Shower Robe Icon

Use a robe
to dry off—

slip into a nice, oversized terry cloth robe when you get out of the shower; it reduces the effort of having to dry off completely and will give you a moment to catch your breath.

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