What are my options for managing Alpha‑1?
There are several things you and your doctor can do to manage Alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency (Alpha-1, for short). Your management options may vary depending on the type and severity of lung disease and associated symptoms. Make sure to work closely with your doctor to explore what type of management plan makes the most sense for your specific needs.
One or more of the following types of doctors might be a part of your Alpha‑1 healthcare team*:
- Pulmonologist (specializes in diagnosing and treating lung diseases)
- Primary care physician (may also be called a family physician)
- Allergist/immunologist (specializes in allergies and/or health issues caused by immune system problems)
- Gastroenterologist/hepatologist (specializes in liver disorders as well as the pancreas and gallbladder)
*These are just some examples of the type of doctors who could help you manage Alpha‑1, but there may be others.
Where else can I find resources and support for Alpha‑1?
If you have Alpha‑1, it's important to remember you're not alone. Additional information and support are at your fingertips.Discover Alpha‑1 resources