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Alternative Treatments For High White Blood Cell Count
My white blood cell count was 6.25... Is this normal or low? Is it okay to take prednisone for poison ivy with this WBC count?
Yes: Forgive my frankness. A significantly elevated white count and symptoms lasting a month, without anything from a physician as to what's going on, should prompt you to seek a different physician with whom you have better rapport. Vague complaints and leukocytosis could be bacterial endocarditis, tuberculosis, or any of several other illnesses that must be diagnosed without delay.
Not directly: However, certain diseases that cause a high white count can also cause fatigue.
Yes: Infection in the kidney can cause elevated white cell count.
Not necessarily: Many conditions such as infection, inflammatory process, infarction can increase white blood cells count. This is a normal body response. However, if white blood cell counts persistently elevated in the absence of infection/inflammation &/or if it is associated with abnormality on the other blood counts-red blood and platelets -further evaluations including bone marrow biopsy is likely needed.See 2 more doctor answers
Actual results?: It would help to see the whole report of total and differential count. There is a considerable range of normal values. It would be useful to consult the doctor who ordered the test. See this site for more info. Http://emedicine. Medscape. Com/article/956278-overview.
See below: It would be unusual for this to occur rarely hashimoto's thyroiditis is associated with a high WBC but this is uncommon.
Many things: You are not providing adequate information with which to even make an intelligent guess. Bacterial infections are possible, but basically this child should be seen by a doctor and discuss the possibilities with the person seeing the baby.
My doctor told me I had a high white blood cell count but hasn't told me much more what could it mean?
Need details: How high is the total count and what is the differential coun? . All test results need to be interpreted in the total clinical context and the doctor who ordered the tests should be in the best position to provide the interpretation.
Quite a few: Things. The most common thing would be an acute infection, usually bacterial. Also could be seen in a heavy smoker, other stressful illness and myeloproliferative diseases. How high?
Depends on reason: High white blood cell (WBC) count is the body's response to physical stress or infection. Symptoms (eg fever) generally are from the underlying cause of high WBC rather than from the high WBC itself. Reasons for elevated WBC can include infection, blood/bone marrow disorder, cancer, and treatment with steroids like prednisone. Sometimes, a WBC may be somewhat high with no clear reason or symptom.
Elevated numbers: This result may (eg bacterial) or may not (eg stress response) suggest an infection since there is no clinical context. For example, a vomiting episode or initiation of a steroid medication can temporarily increase your white blood cell count - but that doesn't mean you have an infection. Try rephrasing the question with symptoms included in it.
Inflamation: Pyospermia, or WBC in the semen, or WBC in expressed prostatic secretion, indicates inflamation in the prostate. This may be caused by a bacterial infection, but not necessarily.
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