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A 19-year-old male asked:

How do you decrease high white blood cells?

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Dr. Charles Jarowski
Hematology and Oncology 50 years experience
Why worry?: It all depends on why the white blood cell count is elevated. If it is due to infection it will drop to normal as the infection resolves. If it is due to steroid therapy it will return to normal when the dose of steroids is tapered off. If it is due to a form to leukemia it will return to normal with effective therapy. The actual elevated count is less important than the cause.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 45 years experience
Why do you ask?: There is no need to treat a lab value. If you feel well and there are no abnormal cells, it is almost never a problem to have a moderately elevated white count. If real disease has been diagnosed, manage the disease using the lab as one parameter.

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A 38-year-old member asked:

How can high white blood cell be reduced?

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Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 57 years experience
White blood cells: There are many types of wbcs, and many causes for increases in numbers or percentages of particular wbcs. You need to provide more info and rephrase your question.
A 31-year-old member asked:

What causes a decrease in white blood cells?

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Dr. Michael Dugan
Specializes in Hematology
Many things: Medication, viral infection, primary blood disease such as leukemia or myelodysplastic syndrome for a start.
A 37-year-old member asked:

What are the causes of an increase or a decrease in white blood cells?

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Dr. David Brouwer
Internal Medicine 31 years experience
White cells: White blood cells are made in the bone marrow and circulate in the blood stream. They increase in response to infection, trauma, stress, tumor (i.e.. Leukemia), and abnormal bone marrow production. They decrease sometimes related to severe infection (sepsis), impaired bone marrow production, and autoimmune diseases.
A 35-year-old member asked:

What is the probable cause of high white blood cells?

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Dr. Diane Minich
Family Medicine 38 years experience
Infection: Infection is the most common cause of high white blood cells , but there can be other causes such as leukemia.
A 43-year-old member asked:

What to do if I have high neutrophils white blood cells and high hymoglian?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 50 years experience
How high?: All laboratory results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and the doctor who ordered the tests is usually in the best position to do that. Having said that, it would have helped to have the actual values rather than your interpretation of high and low.

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