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Dr. Michael Dugan
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How long might a white blood cell count remain elevated following a bacterial infection is cleared?

Dr. Michael Dugan
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How long might a white blood cell count remain elevated following a bacterial infection is cleared?

Usually days: To a week or so. Partly depends on how severe the infection and effctive treatment. ...Read more

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Bacterial Infections (Definition)

Bacterial infections are any illnesses caused by bacteria, which are tiny organisms that can only be ...Read more


Dr. Tara Solomon
Board Certified, Obstetrics and Gynecology
35 years in practice
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Can nonoxynol-9 result in vaginal inflammation and higher white blood cell count in vaginal discharge? Or is WBC count only related to infection?

Dr. Tara Solomon
Board Certified, Obstetrics and Gynecology
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Can nonoxynol-9 result in vaginal inflammation and higher white blood cell count in vaginal discharge? Or is WBC count only related to infection?

Nonoxynol 9 : Yes, nonoxynol 9 and the condom itself can lead to inflammation of the vahina and elevated white cells. This is known as leukorrhea. It is not necessarily an infection like yeast. ...Read more

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
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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?

Dr. Ed Friedlander
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  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?

You're fine: Normal WBC. I trust lymphocyte and neutrophil counts were fine also. Take the prenisone for the poison ivy only if it's so bad you can't sleep otherwise. We're glad to help. ...Read more

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Is high white blood cell count symptoms of kidney infection?

Dr. Ed Friedlander
Board Certified, Pathology
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Is high white blood cell count symptoms of kidney infection?

Often: The absolute neutrophil count often goes up when there's a bacterial kidney infection. These are not to be taken lightly -- before antibiotics, they were major killers especially of young women. ...Read more

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Dr. Richard Valido
Board Certified, Obstetrics and Gynecology
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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?

Dr. Richard Valido
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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 more

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Dr. Lonnie Smith
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Swollen lymph node on the left side of my neck, red throat with lots of puss pockets, and a high white blood cell count. What kind of infection is it?

Dr. Lonnie Smith
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Pharyngitis: You possibly have a bacterial infection of your throat. You should see a health care provider. ...Read more

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Dr. Martin Raff
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Low white blood cell count -- does it mean infection is gone?

Dr. Martin Raff
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Low white blood cell count -- does it mean infection is gone?

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 more

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Dr. Michael Dugan
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Is it possible for white blood cell count to not show signs of infection?

Dr. Michael Dugan
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Is it possible for white blood cell count to not show signs of infection?

Yes: There does not have to be a clear change in WBC with an infection. ...Read more

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Dr. James Ball
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Is it possible for your white blood cell count not show signs of infection?

Dr. James Ball
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Is it possible for your white blood cell count not show signs of infection?

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 more

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Dr. Holly Maes
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Could a herpes infection affect my white blood cell count?

Dr. Holly Maes
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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 more

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