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Dangerous 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?
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Leukopenia : Leukopenia could be a normal variant especially in African-American people. Most common causes of Leukopenia are acute virus infection, HIV, Hepatitis B and C, some bacterial infection, Vitamin b12 deficiency and medications. To make a diagnosis it's important to know the differential of WBC and also other cell lines like Red blood cells and Platelet count. Talk to your Provider for evaluation ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Multiple reasons: A low white blood vell count can be present due to medications or drugs, chronic infections (e.g.Viral infections), autoimmune conditions, blood cancers, nutritional deficiencies, congenital problems or bone marrow failure states among other reasons. A thorough evaluation by a hemtologist is required. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Close to normal: The normal white blood cell count varies mildly with each laboratory but roughly is between 5.0-10.0 the term " borderline" is used for any slight variation of that range ( up or down). Your provider will determine the significance of it and if it's necessary further follow up. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Maybe nothing: The upper range of "normal" is about 10,000. Being slightly up is not really a big deal. White blood counts rise in the face of an infection or inflammation. It's your body's immune system doing its job. You may be fighting off a viral infection, or it may be "normal" for you. Why was it done? ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Why is my white blood cell count always high my dr said some peoples are just high? Mine have been for a year
Doc may be right...: Many people run a chronically mildly elevated WBC that remains normal for them. But the operative words here are that it is mild (normal is 4-10, 000) such as 11 or 12, 000; that it is repetitive and does not keep rising; and that there is a full evaluation of the type of WBC present. I would recommend a hematology consultation before presuming this is normal. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My white blood cell count was 1.6. Should I be very concerned about this and am I at risk of getting sick?
Low: This is rather low. It would help to have either your neutrophil percentage or absolute neutrophil count as this will tell if this is a more urgently concerning problem like neutropenia where you really could be at risk for an infection. Make sure you follow up closely with your doctor in regards to this. If your neutrophil counts are really low you may need to avoid salads and fresh fruit. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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