When you have pulmonary alveolar proteinosis (PAP), you may experience different symptoms in your everyday life. This is quite normal. The symptoms vary from person to person. Some are very affected by the symptoms in their everyday life, others rarely notice any symptoms.
Your symptoms are caused by accumulation of a grainy material (waste material from lung surfactant) in your lungs. When the such material accumulates in your lungs, you can experience one or a combination of the following symptoms:
When you live with PAP, you are also at a higher risk of acquiring infections as your immune system is affected.
PAP symptoms are caused by an accumulation of waste material in your air sacs (alveoli). When the alveoli are filled with lung surfactant it can affect your breathing. That is why many people with PAP often cough a lot and feel shortness of breath.