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What do you do for a high WBC count?

What do you do for a high WBC count?

Seek doctor advice: High WBC count should be interpreted considering the clinical condition. The degree of elevated count, the progression of the elevation and the particular type of WBC predominatly elevated are some of the elements that lead to particular diagnosis. Most common cause is infection, others are non-infection inflammatory syndromes, use of corticosteroids, blood disorders and hormonal conditions. ...Read more

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Wbc Count (Definition)

White blood cell count. That is, the number of WBC per microlitre of blood. It includes the common types of cells such as neutophils (granulocytes), lymhpocytes, monocytes, and the less ...Read more


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What should I do if I have a high WBC count of 20000 then back down to 12000. Is this normal?

What should I do if I have a high WBC count of 20000 then back down to 12000. Is this normal?

No: They are not normal. Speak with your doctor and ask about possible causes. If the WBC remains high consider a consultation with a hematologist. It does appear to be resolving so you may just want to repeat the count again in a month before considering other options. ...Read more

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I've had high WBC count for over a year.It started at 13, 000, then 15, 000, 29, 000 then dropped back to 13000.Now it is back to 20, 000.

Not totally sure: Those are high WBC values for a healthy young woman. You don't mention if you have any other health problems or symptoms that might provide a clue. You also don't mention what type(s) of wbcs are elevated; this could also provide a clue as to the cause. Someone must be ordering these blood tests; what are they telling you? If you're not satisfied with the answer, request a second opinion. ...Read more

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Why newbirn baby have high WBC count than adult?

Why newbirn baby have high WBC count than adult?

Normally: Newborns have significantly higher white counts in the immediate newborn period. Probably because of the Epinephrine effect associated with the stress of delivery. This is a normal response. ...Read more

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What could cause a high WBC count in a 3-month-old?

Stress/infection: The WBC can double in a reaction to stress at any age as circulating stress cortisol causes wbc's to enter the circulation from their resting sites.The typical cause is some infectious trigger & both viral & bacterial infections can cause a similar increase. After time passes the profile of the wbc's (neutrophils/lymphs/monocytes) can suggest a likely agent. ...Read more

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I take lithium for 4 months. Now have high WBC count. Should lithium be blamed and it discontinued or other testing in order? Thanks

I take lithium for 4 months.  Now have high WBC count.  Should lithium be blamed and it discontinued or other testing in order? Thanks

This is a well-known: Effect of lithium. Your doctor should be able to tell you this. Here is one of many scientific papers that describe this lithium effect: http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pmc/articles/pmc2571901 also, in most cases, there is no reason to stop lithium because of high WBC count. ...Read more

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High WBC count and left nuetrophill shift. My WBC count was 15.7 and nuetrophill count was 12403. I fasted for bloodwork. Problem? Feel ok

High WBC count and left nuetrophill shift. My WBC count was 15.7 and nuetrophill count was 12403. I fasted for bloodwork. Problem? Feel ok

The most common: Reasons for a neutrophilic leukocytosis would be bacterial infection or stress of some other illness. Also seen in heavy smokers and with some meds. If you are ok then a follow-up in 6-8 weeks would be fine. Fasting does not have an effect on the cbc. ...Read more

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Does lupus cause high WBC count?

Does lupus cause high WBC count?

No.: In fact a low lyphocytes count heralds an increase in lupus activity, and neutropenia is common in sle! a high white count means inflammation usually infectious. Steroids like Prednisone will elevate it. Smoking will, as well. ...Read more

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Do leukaemia patients have high wbc count or low wbc count?

Do leukaemia patients have high wbc count or low wbc count?

Usually: Leukemia is by definition a primary tumor of the blood-forming elements. If the cancer remains confined to the bone marrow, and the abnormal cells do not enter the blood ("aleukemic"), then the white count is often low because healthy cells are crowded out of the marrow. If the abnormal cells do spill over, the count is often high. The key is often that the cells look abnormal. ...Read more

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What to do if I have high WBC count, chronic infections, pnuemonias?

What to do if I have high WBC count, chronic infections, pnuemonias?

Find the cause: A lung specialist can work you up. At age 39, if you've had two episodes of unexplained pneumonia, you need to be checked for mild immunodeficiency and for adult cystic fibrosis. This is just the start. Best wishes. ...Read more

White Blood Cell (Definition)

Body blood cell that responds to inflamation or infection or ...Read more