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Dr. Yash Khanna
Board Certified, Family Medicine
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Will the herpes virus cause low white blood cell count?

Dr. Yash Khanna
Board Certified, Family Medicine
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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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Dr. Ward Dean
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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Board Certified, Pathology
39 years in practice
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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
Board Certified, Pathology
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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. 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
Board Certified, Pathology
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Can herpes change your white blood cell count?

Dr. Ed Friedlander
Board Certified, Pathology
39 years in practice
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Can herpes change your white blood cell count?

No, but...: ... Your white cell count, including your absolute counts of lymphocytes and neutrophils, flutuates wildly in response to the simple vicissitides of living, including the microbe invasions that you never know happen. Don't pay it any attention until the numbers go way off normal. ...Read more

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Dr. Holly Maes
Board Certified, Pediatrics
31 years in practice
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Could a herpes infection affect my white blood cell count?

Dr. Holly Maes
Board Certified, Pediatrics
31 years in practice
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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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Dr. Martin Rubenstein
Board Certified, Hematology and Oncology
40 years in practice
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What's the cause low white blood cell count?

Dr. Martin Rubenstein
Board Certified, Hematology and Oncology
40 years in practice
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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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Dr. Aasim Sehbai
Board Certified, Hematology and Oncology
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What cause low white blood cell count and what should I do for this?

Dr. Aasim Sehbai
Board Certified, Hematology and Oncology
19 years in practice
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What cause low white blood cell count and what should I do for this?

Low white count: Causes include benign leukopenia, autoimmune diseases, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, vasculitides, myelodysplastic syndrome, nutritional deficiencies like b12, copper deficiencies, medication effect etc. You need to see hematologist who can order blood tests and perform bone marrow aspirate and biopsy if indicated. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Ein
Board Certified, Infectious Disease
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Does virus cause low white blood cell count?

Dr. Michael Ein
Board Certified, Infectious Disease
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Does virus cause low white blood cell count?

Sometimes: Many virus infections are associated with low or normal WBC counts. ...Read more

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Dr. Su Fairchild
Board Certified, Integrative Medicine
19 years in practice
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Can hypothyroidism cause low white blood cell count?

Dr. Su Fairchild
Board Certified, Integrative Medicine
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Can hypothyroidism cause low white blood cell count?

Not usually: Hypothyroidism is not known to cause a low wbc. Low white cell count could be due to infection or toxicity. ...Read more

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Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias
Board Certified, Maternal-Fetal Medicine
21 years in practice
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What can cause low white blood cell count in pregnancy?

Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias
Board Certified, Maternal-Fetal Medicine
21 years in practice
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What can cause low white blood cell count in pregnancy?

Several causes.: Drugs (steroids, chemotherapy, immunosuppressants, rare aplastic anemia from toxicity of many drugs), viruses (ebv, hiv, cmv), sepsis (urinary or other), toxic exposures, endocrinopathies, vitamin deficiency (b12 in particular), hematologic disorders, cancer/leukemia/lymphoma are some of the causes that leap to mind. Seek maternal-fetal medicine and hematology care and best of luck! ...Read more

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