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Bacterial Infection White Blood Cell Count
How long might a white blood cell count remain elevated following a bacterial infection is cleared?
Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more
Can nonoxynol-9 result in vaginal inflammation and higher white blood cell count in vaginal discharge? Or is WBC count only related to infection?
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?
I also have high white blood cell count in my blood. Can a severe form of bacterial vaginosis cause this since I was diagnosed yesterday at the ER?
Typically no: Bacterial vaginosis (BV) is a more localized infection of the vagina and typically does not cause more systemic symptoms like fever chills or an elevation in your white blood cell count. You should see your doctor though if you continue to feel not well. ...Read moreGet help from a doctor now ›
NOT NECESSARILY: Sometimes your WBC count can fall precipitously as an infection worsens, because they adhere to blood vessel walls and then enter the tissues and are consumed by the process of fighting bacteria. If, however, the WBC was quite high, it may come down as treatment is effective. ...Read moreGet help from a doctor now ›
Certainly.: Mild and even moderate infections can have little effect on the white blood count. More severe infections may change the white blood cell count. Sometimes, even mild changes in the white blood cells may not be detected by the automated blood count machines, but can be recognized by pathologists. ...Read moreGet help from a doctor now ›
Yes: Any infection can affect your WBC count - these are the cells that fight infection, so we expect the normal for your body to change when you have an infection. It may be the total count changes (up or down), or the ratios of different types of white blood cells changes (change in differential count).Talk to your doctor about what your specific numbers signal - the numbers are just one puzzle piece. ...Read moreGet help from a doctor now ›
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