Health Management Plans

Health Management Plan for Lung Disease

You and your doctor are a team, working together to manage your health for the months or years ahead. This Health Management Plan for Alphas with Lung Disease will help. We recommend that you review your plan together every year. Using your Health Management Plan The column on the right, “My Personal Guide to Alpha-1…

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Understanding Pulmonary Exacerbations

Treating Flare-Ups (Exacerbations)

Alphas often have flare-ups (exacerbations). You have a number of options for treating flare-ups that may ease your symptoms. It’s very important to know all your options. This helps you and your doctor create a treatment plan that suits you best. Staying on top of your treatment plan every day is vital to your comfort and…

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Understanding Pulmonary Exacerbations

Your Action Plan for Exacerbations (Flare-ups)

You and your healthcare practitioner should develop a written action plan for flare-ups (exacerbations). This plan may include: Using more medicines to relax and open your airways (bronchodilators) and using them more frequently Adding an inhaled corticosteroid (ICS) to your care plan. Or, increasing the dose if you already take one. Adding a new bronchodilator. Using…

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Medications for Alpha-1

Mucolytics

Some people with Alpha-1 COPD develop lots of thick, sticky mucus that seems to be trapped in their throat or lungs. This makes it difficult to breathe. Mucolytics thin out the sticky mucus, so it’s easier to cough up. You may take mucolytics to treat: Pneumonia Bronchitis Emphysema Bronchiectasis (If it’s causing a lot of…

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Understanding Pulmonary Exacerbations

Flare-ups: Signs, Symptoms, and More

Recognizing changes in signs and symptoms of your lung disease is an important part of managing your illness. People with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease due to Alpha-1 (Alpha-1 COPD) often have sudden “flare-ups” of symptoms (exacerbations). These may follow periods when they’re totally symptom-free. We don’t understand flare-ups very well, and we don’t even have…

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You Your Liver and Alpha-1

Outpatient Care for Alpha-1 Liver Disease

Outpatient care — your first visit Newborns with severe liver problems are often treated in a hospital setting. But, many children and adults with milder liver disease receive outpatient care after their initial diagnosis. Your initial outpatient visit after a diagnosis of Alpha-1-related liver disease should focus on evaluating and treating existing problems and preventing…

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You Your Liver and Alpha-1

Targeted Treatment for Alpha-1 Related Liver Problems

Your healthcare practitioner will suggest targeted treatment based on how Alpha-1 affects your liver. Let’s take a look at some of these treatments. Targeted treatment for poor digestive function Ensure proper nutrition. Treatments for babies and children focus on ensuring normal growth and nutrition. If oral feeding is an issue, they may need a feeding…

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Exercise

Exercising with Alpha-1 Lung Disease: Questions & Answers

Whether you’re on your own or doing a formal Pulmonary Rehabilitation program, safety is very important. Let’s take a look at some questions and answers about exercising with Alpha-1 lung disease. What should I wear? You don’t need to run to the nearest sporting goods store for exercise clothing. But you should wear clothing that…

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Exercise

Exercise for Alphas with Lung Disease

To avoid feeling short of breath (dyspnea), Alphas with lung disease often limit their physical activity. This can cause a downward spiral. You don’t exercise because it makes you feel bad. So, your fitness level drops. And, the next time you exercise, you feel even worse. Use it or lose it! The less you do,…

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Exercise

Exertion and Exercise Safety: What You Need to Know

Monitoring your exertion (effort) during exercise is critical for anyone beginning a program. But, it’s even more important when you have Alpha-1 lung disease. Monitoring lets you get the most benefit from your program, and ensures that you’re safe and comfortable. As your fitness improves, you’ll notice that activities that once were difficult now take…

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Exercise

Warm-up & Stretching Exercises for Alphas

Every work out session should start and end with warm-up and stretching exercises. This reduces your risk of getting hurt, and releases muscle tension and soreness. Warm-up and stretching exercises should always be completed prior to beginning more strenuous activities to reduce the risk of injury. It’s also important to stretch after completing your exercise…

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Exercise

Strength Training Recommendations for Alphas

Strength training is a key part of any exercise program. It can help increase your stamina and reduce shortness of breath. This means you can do more of the things you want to do. Let’s look at some strength training exercises for your upper and lower body. Strength training: Lower body Lower  body strength training…

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