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Lyme Disease And Low 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?
A condition caused by borrelia burgdorferi. Acute symptoms can include bullseye rash, headaches, joint pain, fever, and flu-like sx. Chronic symptoms can include fibromyalgia symptoms, nerve pain in extremities, mood swings, brain fog, heart problems. Lab diagnoses are not very reliable, and sometimes clinical ...Read more
I amnot aware: I am not aware of low white blood count and thyroid diseases. Thyroid disease is mainly affect body metabolism including cardiovascular, neuro -cognitive, musculoskeletal, vision. It affects sodium level. However, when there is a condition called thyroid storm which is life threatening condition, white blood cell can be elevated.
Usually bacterial: It's usually a bacterial illness that causes the symptoms you describe. But this can include anything form sinus infections, tonsillitis, ear infections, pneumonia, infection in the blood, urinary tract infections, appendicitis, meningitis, skin abcesses... The list goes on and on. You need a thorough assessment of associated symptoms and a physical exam to try and pinpoint your condition.
What are some inflammatory diseases? I am always inflamed everywhere. I have a high white blood cell count as well.
What Symptoms?: How high is your white cell count? What if any symptoms do you have? Do you have fever? Have you had unintended weight loss? If answer to all of these is no, you may not have any disorder. If you have symptoms, it would be prudent to see a doctor. 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. Drink enough water daily so that your urine is mostly colorless. Practice safe sex.
If you had pelvic inflammatory disease would the erp blood test be elevated and white blood cell count be higher than normal?
PID: As a general rule both the WBC and the ESR would be elevated with pid.
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.
Leukopenia: A low white cell count can be caused by many things. Some people have low white cells due to a medication they are taking. Others are born with it. Others develop it because of dangerous conditions such as leukemia, viral infection, or autoimmune disease. Please consult with a hematologist to determine what form of leukopenia you have so that an appropriate treatment can be given (if necessary).
Not usually: A low white count is present in about 15% of the population and usually has no clinical significance. Discuss the result with your doctor.
No evidence it helps: There is no evidence that cellfood is good for low blood cell count.
Maybe nothing: Low white counts are seen in up to 15% of some populations. Thus, it may have no clinical importance. It needs to be evaluated in context with the entire clinical picture.
Severe infection: Can produce a low wbc.Get a more detailed answer ›
Might be a virus: Low white blood cell counts can have different significance depending upon the particular situation. In a normal child with fever and low WBC it often suggests that this is due to viral infection, but there are other potential causes and the family doctor or pediatrician may want to follow this up with repeat testing, depending upon other findings.
Different causes: Many diffferent conditions can give you low white blood cells- from the most benign one such as race difference, congenital to the most serious one such as leukemia/ or other bone marrow problems. Hematologist is a type of doctor who evaluates and manages various blood disorders and able to differentiate one problem to the other and would help your sort out the problem with your low white cells.See 1 more doctor answer
Need more info: Was the blood sugar test done in fasting state? What was the actual value? What are the details of your blood cell counts? It would be prudent to discuss it with the doctor who ordered the tests as s/he is likely to have more info about your health.
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