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Doctor insights on: Effects Of Low White Blood Cell Count

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Dr. Ed Friedlander Dr. Friedlander
Pathology
40 years in practice
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
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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?

  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. Alan Ali Dr. Ali
Psychiatry
28 years in practice
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences/UAMS College of Medicine
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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

Dr. Gurmukh Singh Dr. Singh
Pathology
45 years in practice
University of Pune, Armed Forces Medical College
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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

Dr. Michael Dugan Dr. Dugan
Internal Medicine - Hematology
years in practice
Indiana University School of Medicine
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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

Dr. Jason Black Dr. Black
Internal Medicine
21 years in practice
Keck School of Medicine of University of Southern California
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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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Dr. Gurmukh Singh Dr. Singh
Pathology
45 years in practice
University of Pune, Armed Forces Medical College
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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

Dr. Martin Rubenstein Dr. Rubenstein
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
41 years in practice
Stanford University School of Medicine
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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

Dr. Janice Olson Dr. Olson
Pediatrics - Hematology & Oncology
37 years in practice
University of North Carolina School of Medicine
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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

Dr. Martin Rubenstein Dr. Rubenstein
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
41 years in practice
Stanford University School of Medicine
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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

Dr. Michael Dugan Dr. Dugan
Internal Medicine - Hematology
years in practice
Indiana University School of Medicine
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Dr. Gurmukh Singh Dr. Singh
Pathology
45 years in practice
University of Pune, Armed Forces Medical College
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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. Michael Amster Dr. Amster
Pediatrics
years in practice
University of Illinois College of Medicine
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Why do kids develop a low white blood cell count?

Why do kids develop a low white blood cell count?

Several ways: White blood cells are created by the bone marrow, so anything that suppresses bone marrow affects white blood cells. Some viral illnesses such as mono can do it, as well as an overwhelming bacterial infection. Some children naturally have low white cell counts. Others have genetic cycles where the white count gets very low. Occasionally a bone marrow disease such as leukemia is responsible. ...Read more

Dr. Gurmukh Singh Dr. Singh
Pathology
45 years in practice
University of Pune, Armed Forces Medical College
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What are the causes of low white blood cell count?

What are the causes of low white blood cell count?

Multiple causes: Low production due to bone marrow failure, side effects of some drugs, excessive destruction in auto-immune disorders, enlarged spleen from any cause etc. See this site for more info. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/complete-blood-count/my00476. ...Read more

Dr. Gurmukh Singh Dr. Singh
Pathology
45 years in practice
University of Pune, Armed Forces Medical College
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What are the causes of low white blood cell count?

Multiple causes: Bone marrow failure, enlarged spleen, auto-immune diseases, some infections and drug effects are some of the causes. ...Read more

Dr. Martin Rubenstein Dr. Rubenstein
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
41 years in practice
Stanford University School of Medicine
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What are the causes for low white blood cell count?

What are the causes 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

Dr. Jay Park Dr. Park
Pediatrics
46 years in practice
Yonsei University College of Medicine
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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

Dr. Martin Rubenstein Dr. Rubenstein
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
41 years in practice
Stanford University School of Medicine
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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

Dr. Michael Dugan Dr. Dugan
Internal Medicine - Hematology
years in practice
Indiana University School of Medicine
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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

Dr. Thomas Rayson Dr. Rayson
Pathology
25 years in practice
University of South Carolina School of Medicine
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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

Dr. Kelty Baker Dr. Baker
Internal Medicine - Hematology
24 years in practice
Baylor College of Medicine
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They said low white blood cell count, what does this mean?

They said low white blood cell count, what does this mean?

Leukopenia: A low white cell count can be caused by many things. Some people have low white cells due to a medication they are taking. Others are born with it. Others develop it because of dangerous conditions such as leukemia, viral infection, or autoimmune disease. Please consult with a hematologist to determine what form of leukopenia you have so that an appropriate treatment can be given (if necessary). ...Read more