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what is elevated white blood cell count

A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
44 years experience Pathology
You're fine: Normal WBC. I trust lymphocyte and neutrophil counts were fine also. Take the prenisone for the poison ivy only if it's so bad you can't sleep otherwi ... Read More
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A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Killian
28 years experience General Practice
Elevated White Count: It all depends on how elevated the results are, but in general this represents a concurrent bacterial infection.
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eduardo Haddad
46 years experience Nephrology and Dialysis
Infection: Leukocytosis is a cardinal sign for occult infection but it can also be seen in situations of severe stress and in smokers. It requires investigation ... Read More
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A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Sewa Legha
50 years experience Medical Oncology
No, not always!: Acute leukemia can have high counts, near normal counts or even low white counts because the disease actually begins and resides in the bone marrow. W ... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Yash Khanna
57 years experience Family Medicine
Yes they can: Yes boils are caused by bacterial infection and bacterial infections can cause elevated white blood count.And that's a fact.
A 45-year-old male asked:
Dr. Rawhi Omar
44 years experience Pathology
Inflammation: Too many white cells in seminal fluid suggests an acute inflammation/infection somewhere along the ejaculatory route: testis, epidydimis, prostate or ... Read More
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Dr. James Ferguson
46 years experience Pediatrics
Stress response: This is a classical stress response.The origin of that stress is not clear from the test. It takes the history/physical & other pieces of the puzzle t ... Read More
A 47-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Dugan
Specializes in Hematology
No: A person with a healthy immune system should not be infected by this type of a problem, and thus it should not result in an increased wbc.
A 71-year-old male asked:
Dr. Brandon Macy
41 years experience Podiatry
Not usually: Elevated white counts tend to be a hallmark of a bacterial infection, not a fungal infection--particularly in the nails.
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Madhusudhan Dommeti
42 years experience Internal Medicine
Steroids: If he received steroids for say asthma, can raise WBC count.

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