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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Board Certified, Pathology
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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?

Dr. Ed Friedlander
Board Certified, Pathology
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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?

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. ...Read more

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Dr. Bret Boyle
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Dr. Tara Solomon
Board Certified, Obstetrics and Gynecology
35 years in practice
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Can nonoxynol-9 result in vaginal inflammation and higher white blood cell count in vaginal discharge? Or is WBC count only related to infection?

Dr. Tara Solomon
Board Certified, Obstetrics and Gynecology
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Can nonoxynol-9 result in vaginal inflammation and higher white blood cell count in vaginal discharge? Or is WBC count only related to infection?

Nonoxynol 9 : Yes, nonoxynol 9 and the condom itself can lead to inflammation of the vahina and elevated white cells. This is known as leukorrhea. It is not necessarily an infection like yeast. ...Read more

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Dr. Bret Boyle
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Dr. Jason Black
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
20 years in practice
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Is a low white blood cell count dangerous?

Dr. Jason Black
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
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Is a low white blood cell count dangerous?

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 more

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Dr. Martin Rubenstein
Board Certified, Hematology and Oncology
40 years in practice
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What are the causes for low white blood cell count?

Dr. Martin Rubenstein
Board Certified, Hematology and Oncology
40 years in practice
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What are the causes for low white blood cell count?

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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Dr. Bret Boyle
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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Board Certified, Pathology
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What are the causes of low white blood cell count?

Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Board Certified, Pathology
44 years in practice
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What are the causes of low white blood cell count?

Multiple causes: Low production due to bone marrow failure, side effects of some drugs, excessive destruction in auto-immune disorders, enlarged spleen from any cause etc. See this site for more info. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/complete-blood-count/my00476. ...Read more

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Dr. David Namerow
Board Certified, Pediatrics
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What are the causes of low white blood cell count in children?

Dr. David Namerow
Board Certified, Pediatrics
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What are the causes of low white blood cell count in children?

Often a virus!: While blood cell count can be low with viral infections. Important to make sure that the red blood cell count and hemoglobin are normal and that the while blood cells are normal in appearance. If wbc, rbc and platelets are low, intervention by hematologist is necessary and may require bone marrow. Low WBC should be followed and return to normal when over the viral infection! ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Dugan
Board Certified, Hematology
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What are possible causes of low white blood cell count?

Dr. Michael Dugan
Board Certified, Hematology
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What are possible causes of low white blood cell count?

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. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Amster
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Why do kids develop a low white blood cell count?

Dr. Michael Amster
Board Certified, Pediatrics
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Why do kids develop a low white blood cell count?

Several ways: White blood cells are created by the bone marrow, so anything that suppresses bone marrow affects white blood cells. Some viral illnesses such as mono can do it, as well as an overwhelming bacterial infection. Some children naturally have low white cell counts. Others have genetic cycles where the white count gets very low. Occasionally a bone marrow disease such as leukemia is responsible. ...Read more

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Dr. Jay Park
Board Certified, Pediatrics
45 years in practice
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What causes a teen to have low white blood cell count?

Dr. Jay Park
Board Certified, Pediatrics
45 years in practice
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What causes a teen to have low white blood cell count?

Viral infection: Leukopenia, low white cell count, is most often caused by viral infection. A number of different conditions or infections have to be considered as well. ...Read more

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Dr. Martin Rubenstein
Board Certified, Hematology and Oncology
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What's the cause low white blood cell count?

Dr. Martin Rubenstein
Board Certified, Hematology and Oncology
40 years in practice
1M people helped
What's the cause low white blood cell count?

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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