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Not Producing Enough White Blood Cells
Infection: Person with low WBC count is susceptible to bacterial infections. 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. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. 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, if you have sex. ...Read more
Infections: People who do not have sufficient number of white blood cells are susceptible to various infections. You may consult this site for more information on this topic: http://www.mayoclinic.org/symptoms/low-white-blood-cell-count/basics/definition/SYM-20050615 ...Read more
Depends on cause.: Wbcs destroyed by the immune system would be autoimmune neutropenia. Wbcs low from an enlarged spleen would be hypersplenism. Sometimes WBC is low due to severe infection, and that would just be leukopenia (or neutropenia) due to whatever infection is present. Neutrophils are the most common WBC and are usually what is low. Leukopenia refers to all the kinds of wbcs. In aids it's lymphopenia. ...Read more
Fight infections: White blood cells are the cells in our body that fight infections. There are five types of white blood cells: lymphocytes, neutrophils, monocytes, eosinophils, and basophils. Each plays a specific role in the defense mechanisms of the human body. ...Read more
Low WBC: It could either mean your body is producing less or your body is using up more, it isusually the first one though. You should see your doctor asap if you suspect this. It should not be ignored as it could be serious. ...Read more
A bit high: White blood cells roll along the sides of the blood vessels and release into the bloodstream if inflammatory signals occur (infection, injury, autoimmune disease, etc). It is usually transient and returns to normal as the inflammatory environment becomes quenched. The count usually must be higher and persist for longer (and is associated with telltale symptoms) before considering cancer or other ...Read more
Why do you ask?: There is no need to treat a lab value. If you feel well and there are no abnormal cells, it is almost never a problem to have a moderately elevated white count. If real disease has been diagnosed, manage the disease using the lab as one parameter. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: White blood cells will die if exposed to air. 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. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. 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, if you have sex. ...Read more
Too many White cells: It is not bad. But it is abnormal. And you doctor will have to work with you to figure this situation out. An elevated white blood cell count commonly is evidence of a bacterial infection. There are some other more concerning possibilities but they should be ruled in or ruled out with further testing. ...Read more
Different times: It depends on the type of WBC as there are several kinds that do different things. Neutrophils live 6 hours–few days , eosinophils8–12 days , basophils hours to days, lymphocytes years, and monocytes hours to days. Depends on what is going on at the time they are needed. ...Read more
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