A 33-year-old female asked:
my wbc is always high ranging from 13-26
and i've been told several times within the last 8 years that i have epstein barr virus what does this mean?
2 doctor answers • 2 doctors weighed in
Infectious Disease 53 years experience
Separate issues?: Over 90% of people have EBV by age 25, and it persists with positive blood tests for life. Sometimes it flares up to cause disease, sometimes complicating other illnesses (e.g. cancer, HIV). It doesn't usually cause high WBC, so that may be unrelated to EBV. However, such a high WBC could be serious, so stay on top of it. Consider an infectious disease specialist, hematologist, or both. Good luck!
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Pathology 44 years experience
Need more infrmation: The key is which cells are high, whether they all look normal, and especially how you FEEL. Some people lack molecules that keep white cells hunkered down on the vessels walls, so more of them circulate even though you're basically fine. A majority of folks have antibodies against Epstein-Barr from meeting it as kids or having infectious mono. I suspect it means nothing. What does your doctor say?
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My child has a fever that won't go away, but the doctor says its just a virus. Do I need to worry its something else?
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Pediatrics 26 years experience
Yes: This is not a question that can be answered without a physical exam. If you are concerned that something else could be the cause of the fever, your baby must be reexamined.
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A 27-year-old member asked:
Does the epstein-barr virus lay dormant similar to herpes?
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Pediatrics 35 years experience
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Can I catch rotavirus by breathing in the virus?
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Dr. Amanda Xianswered
General Practice 6 years experience
Not likely: Rotavirus is thought to be spread via the fecal-oral route -- so areas with poor sanitation and cleanliness could result in the ingestion of the virus.
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A 45-year-old female asked:
Can anesthesia affect your WBC count?
4 doctor answers • 7 doctors weighed in
Family Medicine 44 years experience
Yes/no: A slight shift in WBC is to be expected after surgery.
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Is alphavirus the pathogen that is the cause of chikungunya virus?
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Infectious Disease 49 years experience
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