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What to do about alpha thalassemia trait (minor) with asthama?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Nothing: Alpha thal minor is uttery trivial. Manage your asthma and if you choose to marry, be aware of your alpha-thal and the risk that marrying someone else with the same condition puts your children at risk.
Dr. Louis Cooper
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Not a problem: Alpha thal trait should not affect any asthma symptoms. If you have any complicaions, you should investigate with your doctor. Good luck

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A 44-year-old member asked:

What is the alpha thalassemia trait?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Inherited defect: Our regular hemoglobin is composed of Alpha and beta chains that come together to form working hemaglobin. Alpha thalassemia trait occurs when a person inherits a defective Alpha chain gene from one parent & a normal Alpha chain gene from the other. This causes some reduction in Alpha chain production with resulting mild anemia.

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