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Low White Blood Cell Count And Leg Pain
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. ...Read moreSee 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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
Severe infection: Can produce a low wbc.Get a more detailed answer ›
How low?: In a round about way, yes. Hepatitis C is a common cause of cirrhosis. Scarring of the liver causes splenic enlargement, and an enlarged spleen, from any cause, can cause reduction in white blood cells. 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. Practice safe sex. ...Read more
Possibly: While other diseases can cause low white blood cell counts, the possibility of cancer in the bone marrow is always raised when this is seen. Cancer cells can replace the normal cells of the bone marrow. The normal cells produce mature circulating blood cells (white blood cells, red blood cells, and platelets). If they are compromised, so are their products. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends: The common causes of high eosinophil count are allergy and parasitic infestation. It would require investigation in-person to ascertain the cause and treatment. You may wish to consult this site for more info. http://www.mayoclinic.org/symptoms/eosinophilia/basics/definition/sym-20050752 ...Read more
Many things.: A low lymphocyte count can be associated with various causes. It can be congenital, as part of immune deficiency. It can be related to viral illness and other infections. It can be due to treatment with Prednisone and other immunosuppressive medications. It can be part of an autoimmune condition. But most common is transient due to simple viral infection. ...Read more
Nausea more likely : Is from side effect of your immunosuppressants & other meds and possibly stomach irritation and not from the low white count. Take care ! ...Read more
Can someone very skinny (borderline to anorexic) and with a low white blood cell count undergo (possibly agressive) chemotherapy procedure?
Recent blood test shows I have a low white blood cell count. All other indicators are normal. What causes this and what do I do to fix it. 45yr, 85kg?
Recheck WBC NO Fixes: I see this all the time in my practice= low WBC (white blood count). It may be normal if you have no other signs/symptoms. What is important is the trend--is your WBC count dropping over time? So my initial advice is to re-check in 1 month (with a WBC differential). Referral to a hematologist is needed if: WBC continues to drop, 'abnormal cells' on differential, low red cells or platelets. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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. ...Read more
Many causes.: Low WBC can be due to nutritional factors, infections (esp. Viral infections), autoimmune diseases, inhereted defects, leukemias and other bone marrow cancers, meylodysplasia, drug reactions, and even unknown causes. The problem with this is infection, but the risk depends on how low the WBC is. Only with very low WBC is there a risk of death. ...Read more
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