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I take b12, along with vitamin c, every morning. My blood results came back with a B12 deficiency and a white blood cell count of 3.4. Why?

I take b12, along with vitamin c, every morning. My blood results came back with a B12 deficiency and a white blood cell count of 3.4. Why?

B12 def: If despite taking oral b12. Your counts are low that means there is problem in absorption of B12 vitamin and therefore you should take the intramuscular shot of B12 1 mg once a month. B12 def can lead to leukopenia. Keep taking vit c. ...Read more

Dr. Mohammed Parvez
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Vitamin B12 Deficiency (Definition)

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I recently had a fasting blood test and was told I had a low white blood cell count. I also had a vitamin d deficiency. What does this mean?

I recently had a fasting blood test and was told I had a low white blood cell count. I also had a vitamin d deficiency. What does this mean?

See answer: A low white blood cell count (leukopenia) may or may not be significant. People of African ancestry can normally have a reduced WBC. A diet deficient in Vitamin D and/or lack adequate exposure to sunlight can lead to Vitamin D deficiency. Taking Vitamin D3 600-800 units daily is recommended. Higher doses may be needed. Check with you Dr. For information of Vit D deficiency > http://bit. Ly/1WFSAh0 ...Read more

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What does low white blood cell count mean? 60 y/o female. Finished chemo & radiation for stage 3 bc one year ago.

What does low white blood cell count mean? 60 y/o female. Finished chemo & radiation for stage 3 bc one year ago.

Effect on marrow: One of the problems of chemo is that it not only destroys the dna of the tumor cell but of the cells in the marrow reducing the wbc. This is exaggerated following rt. When the WBC gets too low drugs like gcs must be used to bring the count up over 4000, the normal being around 7000 -8000. ...Read more

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Low white blood cell count cause?

Low white blood cell count cause?

Leukopenia: Recent infection such as flu, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, aplastic anemia, hiv, lupus, hodgkin's lymphoma, cancer, typhoid, malaria, tb, sepsis, folate deficiency, copper & zinc deficiency, medications such as wellbutrin, (bupropion) depakote, lamictal, clozapine, minocycline, flagyl, interferone, arsenic toxicity. ...Read more

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What's the cause low white blood cell count?

What's the cause low white blood cell count?

Many causes.: Low WBC can be due to nutritional factors, infections (esp. Viral infections), autoimmune diseases, inhereted defects, leukemias and other bone marrow cancers, meylodysplasia, drug reactions, and even unknown causes. The problem with this is infection, but the risk depends on how low the WBC is. Only with very low WBC is there a risk of death. ...Read more

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What's the cause for low white blood cell count?

What's the cause for low white blood cell count?

Many causes.: Low WBC can be due to nutritional factors, infections (esp. Viral infections), autoimmune diseases, inhereted defects, leukemias and other bone marrow cancers, meylodysplasia, drug reactions, and even unknown causes. The problem with this is infection, but the risk depends on how low the WBC is. Only with very low WBC is there a risk of death. ...Read more

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What causes a teen to have low white blood cell count?

What causes a teen to have low white blood cell count?

Viral infection: Leukopenia, low white cell count, is most often caused by viral infection. A number of different conditions or infections have to be considered as well. ...Read more

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Want to know reasons for a low white blood cell count?

Want to know reasons for a low white blood cell count?

Many causes.: Low WBC can be due to nutritional factors, infections (esp. Viral infections), autoimmune diseases, inhereted defects, leukemias and other bone marrow cancers, meylodysplasia, drug reactions, and even unknown causes. The problem with this is infection, but the risk depends on how low the WBC is. Only with very low WBC is there a risk of death. ...Read more

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What are possible causes of low white blood cell count?

What are possible causes of low white blood cell count?

Many: Primary or secondary blood disorder, infection, immunologic diseases, medication, and many other possibilities.

Most causes would be treatable.

If this has been confirmed then consultation with a hematologist would be appropriate. ...Read more

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Low white blood cell count for years, is this worrying?

Low white blood cell count for years, is this worrying?

Drug effect: This may be to a drug interaction for medicines or even herbal teas or supplements if it is low and there is no reason to suspect a drug also be a variant of normal you may be slightly ower than most people it is also a worrisome finding of chronic infection and even primary bone marrow tumor it should be evaluated it sometime with a good peripheral smear evaluation. ...Read more

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What are the causes of low white blood cell count in children?

Often a virus!: While blood cell count can be low with viral infections. Important to make sure that the red blood cell count and hemoglobin are normal and that the while blood cells are normal in appearance. If wbc, rbc and platelets are low, intervention by hematologist is necessary and may require bone marrow. Low WBC should be followed and return to normal when over the viral infection! ...Read more

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What symptoms are there from having a low white blood cell count?

Often none: If the white blood cells do not decrease below a certain threshold, there may be no symptoms. Profile indicates Clozaril (clozapine) which may cause agranulocytosis (neutropenia). Symptoms can present insidiously with oral ulcerations +/- fever. Sepsis can be the initial presentation in abrupt cases. Monitor WBC count soon after starting therapy and frequently in first 3 months of therapy. ...Read more

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Low white blood cell count and blood in the urine?

Lab data: Without a full medical history and physical exam cannot possibly theorize about what this may be. It certainly indicates a need for further investigation and should not be ignored. Good luck. ...Read more

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Is fatigues a result of low white blood cell count?

Is fatigues a result of low white blood cell count?

Possible: Low white cell count may decrease resistance to infections. The person may get colds easily. It is usually low red blood cell count that results to fatigue. ...Read more

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What are the causes of low white blood cell count in aids victims?

What are the causes of low white blood cell count in aids victims?

Virus infection.: The aids virus specifically infects and kills t-lymphocytes, a particular kind of white blood cell that is needed for a healthy immune system. It is the hallmark of aids and is the reason patients with aids are so prone to infections. ...Read more

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Will the herpes virus cause low white blood cell count?

It can: As it happens with any other virus infection, you can have low white blood cells with herpes virus. ...Read more

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How are low white blood cell count and sickle cell connected?

How are low white blood cell count and sickle cell connected?

None: Actually, patients with sickle cell disease often have white blood cell counts that are higher than normal. This is a characteristic of the disease and not necessarily a sign of infection. ...Read more

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What is low white blood cell count mean if high fever and sick?

What is low white blood cell count mean if high fever and sick?

Leukopenia may be...: Counterintuitive, but it is seen frequently in the context of infection/inflammation. Usually we equate illness with a rise in WBC count because we mobilize our wbcs to fight off infections caused by multiple pathogens...Viruses, bacteria, fungi for example. However, inflammatory cytokines can induce transient marrow suppression to cause leukopenia. Should resolve spontaneously. Get well soon. ...Read more

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Is there a connection between low white blood cell count and thyroid disorder?

Is there a connection between low white blood cell count and thyroid disorder?

I amnot aware: I am not aware of low white blood count and thyroid diseases. Thyroid disease is mainly affect body metabolism including cardiovascular, neuro -cognitive, musculoskeletal, vision. It affects sodium level. However, when there is a condition called thyroid storm which is life threatening condition, white blood cell can be elevated. ...Read more

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What causes a low red blood cell count, a low white blood cell count, and low blood sugar?

How low?: 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 know the actual values as low is not a unit of measure.
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Severe adema, low white blood cell count and itching all over body, what can this be a sign of? Thank you.

Viral?: If the problem has been present for less than 6 weeks, this is likely from a viral infection. If it lasts for more than 4-6 weeks, then the answer gets more complex. However if you have any breathing problem or fainting issues, you need to consult an allergist. Regardless, get your blood count repeated in a month to make sure this is not a permanent finding. ...Read more

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What can help a low white blood cell count? My hair is breaking off about 2 inches from the scalp and I think it is due to my prior insufficient diet

What can help a low white blood cell count? My hair is breaking off about 2 inches from the scalp and I think it is due to my prior insufficient diet

Need to see doctor: How low is your white blood count? Treatment depends on the cause- this can be due to chronic infections, nutrient deficiencies, bone marrow problems or toxins. This should be evaluated by a doctor. Make sure you are eating a healthy diet & supplement with a quality multivitamin; biotin and essential fatty acids may help hair. Herbs like astragalus & ashwagandha may help raise your white count. ...Read more

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What causes a low white blood cell count?

What causes a low white blood cell count?

Many: Primary or secondary blood disorder, infection, immunologic diseases, medication, and many other possibilities.

Most causes would be treatable.

If this has been confirmed then consultation with a hematologist would be appropriate. ...Read more

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Low white blood cell count, implications?

Low white blood cell count, implications?

Many: Depends on how low the count is and what other symptoms and signs are associated with it and what caused the low count. A common risk is propensity to infections. See this site for more info.
http://www. Mayoclinic. Com/health/low-white-blood-cell-count/my00162. ...Read more

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Is a low white blood cell count dangerous?

Is a low white blood cell count dangerous?

Depends: The primary purpose of white blood cells (wbcs) is to fight infection. So, people with low white blood cell counts could be more susceptible to infections. However, it depends on why the wbcs are low. Some people simply have low WBC counts and live normal lives. Others could have an underlying problem causing the low counts. ...Read more

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What causes a low white blood cell count?

What causes a low white blood cell count?

Long list: Please consult this site for information on this topic:
http://www. Mayoclinic. Org/symptoms/low-white-blood-cell-count/basics/causes/sym-20050615 ...Read more

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What are low white blood cell count reasons?

What are low white blood cell count reasons?

There are many.: Infections can sometimes cause low white blood cells - surprising to many because most people think of a high WBC in that case, but overwhelming bacterial infections can lead to depletion of wbcs. Viruses can also destroy wbcs temporarily. Certain medicines and drugs can cause low white blood counts and auto-immune diseases (where the body's immune system attacks itself) are another cause. ...Read more

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What does a low white blood cell count indicate?

Leukopenia: Please consult this site for info: http://www. Mayoclinic. Org/symptoms/low-white-blood-cell-count/basics/definition/SYM-20050615 ...Read more

Dr. Randy Baker
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