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Low White Blood Cell Count After Surgery
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: 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.See 1 more doctor answer
Leukopenia: Wbcs either being destroyed by virus or severe bacterial infections; medication such as chemotherapy, some antibiotics or diuretics; overactive spleen. Or underproduction as a primary effect as in aplastic anemia or suppression of production of wbcs by bone marrow as in some cancers & leukemias, overwhelming infection, hiv/aids, some parastitic diseases, radiation therapy & malnutrition.
Low white count: Causes include benign leukopenia, autoimmune diseases, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, vasculitides, myelodysplastic syndrome, nutritional deficiencies like b12, copper deficiencies, medication effect etc. You need to see hematologist who can order blood tests and perform bone marrow aspirate and biopsy if indicated.
Has Causes: Low white cell count can be due to 1` viral infections 2 congenital disiseases characterized by low wbcs 3cancer or conditions that damage bone marrow 4autoimmune diseases that destroy bone marrow cells or wbcs 5overwhelming infections that use wbsc faster than can be replaced 6aplastic anemia 7hiv/aids 8chemotherapy and radiation 9certain med10 leukemia 10myeloplastic syndrome 11vitamin dficienci.
Lab data: Without a full medical history and physical exam cannot possibly theorize about what this may be. It certainly indicates a need for further investigation and should not be ignored. Good luck.
Possible: Low white cell count may decrease resistance to infections. The person may get colds easily. It is usually low red blood cell count that results to fatigue.
No evidence it helps: There is no evidence that cellfood is good for low blood cell count.
Drawing blood: No, not if performed correctly.Get a more detailed answer ›
Possibilities...: Viral infection causing bone marrow suppression. Once the body fights off the virus, the bone marrow recovers and the anemia and leukopenia resolve. More serious causes can include aplastic anemia, myelodysplastic syndrome, leukemia, or other cancers that spread to the bone marrow.
What can be the cause of low white blood cell count in someone who is not sick and has no symptoms?
Happens.....: God made us a fine tuned machine....But levels go up and down if immunity is ok....No symptoms....Should not worry too much...Also god approach to check on autoimmune diseases....
My 5 year old has a very low white blood cell count. I would like to now how this can effect her? She has to get retested in 6 weeks
Infection: Your white blood cells help fight infection. If those cells are too low they may increase her risk for infection. Some ethnic groups have a naturally low WBC and there is no need for treatment. For some the WBC can decrease on a cycle through the month. If your child is healthy the second blood count will help to determine the reason.
Severe infection: Can produce a low wbc.Get a more detailed answer ›
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.
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.
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.
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