Bronchitis and Alpha-1
Bronchitis is defined as the presence of a chronic cough and the production of phlegm for at least 3 months of the year for at least 2 consecutive years when there are no other underlying lung diseases.1
Bronchitis is the result of inflammation and scarring of the lining of the bronchial tubes. It produces excess mucous, enlarged mucous glands, reduction of airflow in and out of the lungs, and additional scarring of the airways leading to your lungs.1
Is it bronchitis due to Alpha-1?
Alpha-1 is often not diagnosed in patients with bronchitis 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.