Alpha-1 Antitrypsin: Here Are 7 Early Signs of the Genetic Condition by Samantha Bowick

3 years ago
Alpha-1 Antitrypsin: Here Are 7 Early Signs of the Genetic Condition

Alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency is a genetic illness that affects breathing. It occurs when alpha-1 antitrypsin protein levels are too low. Alpha-1 antitrypsin is produced by the liver and helps lungs function properly. In those who have alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency, their oxygen saturation may be lower than normal – they may get sick easier, have weaker immune systems and/or need supplemental oxygen depending on how the illness has progressed. Remember, everyone is different. 

Seven signs that someone may have alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency and should consult a pulmonologist are:

  • Oxygen saturation level is below normal during any part of the day.
  • Decline in lung function in short period.
  • Difficulty breathing, shortness of breath and/or wheezing.
  • Chronic bronchitis, chest colds or chronic allergies.
  • Difficulty performing activities due to physical exertion.
  • Mucus production that may or may not cough up on its own.
  • It runs in your family.

Everyone who suffers with alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency does not necessarily have all of the symptoms.

The information on is for informational and entertainment purposes only, and should not be considered medical advice. The information provided through this site should not be used to diagnose or treat a health problem or disease, and is not a substitute for professional care. Always consult your personal healthcare provider.

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I had not heard of this condition, Samantha Bowick . You teach me so much, thank you!

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