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High White Blood Cell Count Symptoms
Often: The absolute neutrophil count often goes up when there's a bacterial kidney infection. These are not to be taken lightly -- before antibiotics, they were major killers especially of young women. ...Read more
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 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. ...Read more
Listeria : Healthy people rarely get ill from listeria unless it's a large exposure. Visit CDC website for more information and stay in touch with your doctor. ...Read more
What if all symptoms lead to appendicitis but the white blood cell count isn't elevated, but all other symptoms are there?
.: Appendicitis by definition is an active infection/ inflammation which showed be associated with elevated wbc. In the situation of normal WBC this might be a gynecology related problem, gastroenteritis, constipation or in rare situations an early appendicitis. Since you have all the symptoms of appendicitis, i urge you to be evaluated by your pcp or at the ed. A ct scan might be required. Good luck. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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. ...Read more
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