Asthma and Alpha-1
Asthma is a chronic inflammatory disorder of your airways. This inflammation of the airways leading to your lungs causes wheezing, breathlessness, chest tightness, and coughing, particularly at night or in the early morning.
These episodes are usually associated with airflow obstruction. The obstruction is often reversible with treatment. However, in some patients with asthma, the obstruction may not be completely reversed. Asthma also causes an increase in sensitivity to various irritants.1
Is it asthma or Alpha-1?
Alpha-1 is often not diagnosed in patients with asthma because the symptoms are similar:
- Shortness of breath
- Chronic cough
- Recurring chest colds
Testing for Alpha-1
The average Alpha patient experiences symptoms for more than 8 years and sees 3 doctors before being correctly diagnosed with Alpha-1.2 This delay is too long, especially considering the destruction of lung tissue prior to diagnosis. Alpha-1 is easily diagnosed with simple blood tests.
Ask your doctor about a free Grifols AlphaKit that can tell if you have Alpha-1.