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How To Lower 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?
Need more info: Are we talking about meningitis or one of the numerous other conditions that can cause white cells to be in the spinal fluid? If it is a bacterial infection, then cultures will tell you what antibiotics are appropriate. If it is a viral infection, no antibiotics are needed. ...Read more
Many causes...: Many things can cause high bilirubin and low white count. Common causes are biliary obstruction by gallstones, tumors or scarring in the gallbladder, pancreas, and bile ducts. Infectious hepatitis abd liver failure can also raise bilirubin. Hemolysis (rupture of red blood cells) can also raise your bilirubin. Please follow up with your doctor because additional work up is needed. ...Read more
The antibiotic: Choice must be guided by the culture and sensitivity report from the microbiology lab. ...Read more
My white blood cell count is 3.8 lower than standard 4. In the past 3 year, this record was always low: 4, 3.4, 3.8. Shall i worry about it?
I will like to know why My White blood cell count keeps on going lower by the years. In 2008 I had 9.1, 2010 I had 8, 2012 I had 7.5, then 2014=6.2?
Stop measuring it: We may need more information. These are (by the way) all well within the range of what is considered 'normal'. I'd want to know why the test is being run in the first place. Do you have some chronic illness for which your doctor is monitoring your blood counts? If not, I would discourage the routine performance of any blood test in a healthy 20 year old. ...Read more
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