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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.

White Blood Cell (Definition)

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


Dr. Allen Seely Dr. Seely
General Practice
27 years in practice
UCLA School of Medicine
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How high is high white blood cell count!?

How high is high white blood cell count!?

HIGH WBC >10.5k: A normal white blood count (WBC) is in the range: 4k--10.5k (4000-10, 500) in most labs around the country. So any WBC >10.5k is elevated. I see elevated wbc's all the time, so I recommend following it closely (perhaps rechecking in 1 month with 'a differential'). If you have symptoms of a blood disorder you may need further testing, now.

Dr. Donald Alves Dr. Alves
Emergency Medicine
20 years in practice
Eastern Virginia Medical School
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What causes a high white blood cell count?

What causes a high white blood cell count?

Stresses: Can be from infection, steroids, some other drugs, or more rarely blood cancer. Need more information and situation/history to narrow.

Dr. Samuel Freedman Dr. Freedman
Pediatrics
5 years in practice
University of South Florida College of Medicine
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What? Causes a high white blood cell count?

What? Causes a high white blood cell count?

High WBC: You could have inflammation rather than infection. A sed rate and CRP are helpful tests to rule this out. You may need to see a rheumatologist.

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Dr. Angelica Balingit Dr. Balingit
Internal Medicine
years in practice
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Is a high white blood cell count hereditary?

Is a high white blood cell count hereditary?

No: A person's white blood cell count depends on how the bone marrow functions. This is not affected by genetics.

Dr. Ronald Krauser Dr. Krauser
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
48 years in practice
Wake Forest University School of Medicine
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What are the causes of high white blood cell count?

See details: High white counts are be secondary to infection, certain drugs, diseases of the bone marrow, diseases of the immune system and even cigarette smoking.

Dr. Daniel Ziegler Dr. Ziegler
Emergency Medicine
26 years in practice
The Ohio State University College of Medicine
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What happens if you have a high white blood cell count?

What happens if you have a high white blood cell count?

Nothing: Nothing "happens" as a result of a high white count. The number of white blood cells on a typical blood smear is used as a tool to help diagnose many different medical problems. Generally white blood cells increase in response to an infection or physical stress. There are several types of white blood cell and analyzing the percentage of each in the white cell count gives clues to the cause.

Dr. Gurmukh Singh Dr. Singh
Pathology
45 years in practice
University of Pune, Armed Forces Medical College
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What is the cause of high white blood cell count in normal person?

How high?: Normal WBC count is 4-11 thousand and within this range all counts are normal. Bacterial infections are a common cause of high WBC count. Leukemias also have high counts. See this site for more info. Http://www. Mayoclinic. Com/health/complete-blood-count/my00476.

Dr. Shaym Puppala Dr. Puppala
Internal Medicine
21 years in practice
Temple University School of Medicine
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What symptoms are often associated with a high white blood cell count?

What symptoms are often associated with a high white blood cell count?

Depends on reason: High white blood cell (WBC) count is the body's response to physical stress or infection. Symptoms (eg fever) generally are from the underlying cause of high WBC rather than from the high WBC itself. Reasons for elevated WBC can include infection, blood/bone marrow disorder, cancer, and treatment with steroids like prednisone. Sometimes, a WBC may be somewhat high with no clear reason or symptom.

Dr. John Leander Po Dr. Po
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
14 years in practice
Drexel University College of Medicine
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What to do if I have a high white blood cell count, what could that mean?

Elevated numbers: This result may (eg bacterial) or may not (eg stress response) suggest an infection since there is no clinical context. For example, a vomiting episode or initiation of a steroid medication can temporarily increase your white blood cell count - but that doesn't mean you have an infection. Try rephrasing the question with symptoms included in it.

Dr. Ed Friedlander Dr. Friedlander
Pathology
40 years in practice
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
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I've been sick for a month and have a high white blood cell count. Should I be concerned?

I've been sick for a month and have a high white blood cell count. Should I be concerned?

Yes: Forgive my frankness. A significantly elevated white count and symptoms lasting a month, without anything from a physician as to what's going on, should prompt you to seek a different physician with whom you have better rapport. Vague complaints and leukocytosis could be bacterial endocarditis, tuberculosis, or any of several other illnesses that must be diagnosed without delay.

Dr. Yale Shulman Dr. Shulman
Urology
41 years in practice
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A high white blood cell count in my prostate means what?

Inflamation: Pyospermia, or WBC in the semen, or WBC in expressed prostatic secretion, indicates inflamation in the prostate. This may be caused by a bacterial infection, but not necessarily.

Dr. Richard Mcgee Dr. Mcgee
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
46 years in practice
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
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Does having a high white blood cell count indicate leukemia?

Does having a high white blood cell count indicate leukemia?

Not necessarily: There are many possible causes of a high white blood cell count including infection, allergic reactions, medication effects, other types of "inflammation", and also leukemias.

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Dr. Holly Maes Dr. Maes
Pediatrics
32 years in practice
Medical College of Wisconsin
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What diseases cause high fevers and high white blood cell count?

Usually bacterial: It's usually a bacterial illness that causes the symptoms you describe. But this can include anything form sinus infections, tonsillitis, ear infections, pneumonia, infection in the blood, urinary tract infections, appendicitis, meningitis, skin abcesses... The list goes on and on. You need a thorough assessment of associated symptoms and a physical exam to try and pinpoint your condition.

Dr. Ronald Krauser Dr. Krauser
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
48 years in practice
Wake Forest University School of Medicine
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It'd be possible that a high white blood cell count cause you to be tired?

Not directly: However, certain diseases that cause a high white count can also cause fatigue.

Dr. David Mcadams Dr. Mcadams
Internal Medicine
19 years in practice
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What does it mean when you have a high white blood cell count in your urine?

What does it mean when you have a high white blood cell count in your urine?

WBCs in urine: WBC's in the urine are commonly associated with infection or inflammation of the urinary tract. Urine infection (UTI), kidney infection (pyelonephritis), and kindey stones are common causes. Inflammation of the bladder wall (cystitis) is also common. Less common causes are things like nephrotic syndromes and allergic interstitial nephritis.

Dr. Gurmukh Singh Dr. Singh
Pathology
45 years in practice
University of Pune, Armed Forces Medical College
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I have a slightly high white blood cell count but my hemoglobin is normal. What could that mean?

What is the count: And what is the differential count? Slightly elevated may be your normal. It would be good to talk to the doctor who ordered the test as s/he has your whole health history and lab results need to be interpreted in the clinical context.

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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 are some inflammatory diseases? I am always inflamed everywhere. I have a high white blood cell count as well.

What Symptoms?: How high is your white cell count? What if any symptoms do you have? Do you have fever? Have you had unintended weight loss? If answer to all of these is no, you may not have any disorder. If you have symptoms, it would be prudent to see a doctor. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Drink enough water daily so that your urine is mostly colorless. Practice safe sex.

Dr. Gurmukh Singh Dr. Singh
Pathology
45 years in practice
University of Pune, Armed Forces Medical College
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Dr. Liawaty Ho Dr. Ho
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
19 years in practice
Udayana University Faculty of Medicine
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Does a high white blood cell count mean I have cancer?

Does a high white blood cell count mean I have cancer?

Not necessarily: Many conditions such as infection, inflammatory process, infarction can increase white blood cells count. This is a normal body response. However, if white blood cell counts persistently elevated in the absence of infection/inflammation &/or if it is associated with abnormality on the other blood counts-red blood and platelets -further evaluations including bone marrow biopsy is likely needed.

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