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Dr. Ed Friedlander
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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
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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. 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?

Dr. Tara Solomon
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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. Gurmukh Singh
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What to do if I have high eosinophils & low white blood cell count. what does it mean?

Dr. Gurmukh Singh
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What to do if I have high eosinophils & low white blood cell count. what does it mean?

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

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
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What do you suggest if my doctor says I have a low vitamin d and low white blood cell count what does it mean?

Dr. Gurmukh Singh
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What do you suggest if my doctor says I have a low vitamin d and low white blood cell count what does it mean?

Unrelated: All laboratory results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and the doctor who ordered the tests is usually in the best position to do that. Having said that, low vitamin D and low white cell count are likely unrelated. Vitamin D deficiency is common and you can address that by taking 5000 IU of vitamin D3 daily. For the low WBC count you need to consult your doctor. ...Read more

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Dr. Frederick Singer
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I'm worried because my doctor says I have a low vitamin d and low white blood cell count what does it mean, what do you suggest?

Dr. Frederick Singer
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I'm worried because my doctor says I have a low vitamin d and low white blood cell count what does it mean, what do you suggest?

Take Vit. D: If you take vitamin d that should correct the low level. You may need further tests to explain the low white blood cell count. ...Read more

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Dr. Kelty Baker
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They said low white blood cell count, what does this mean?

Dr. Kelty Baker
Board Certified, Hematology
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They said low white blood cell count, what does this mean?

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). ...Read more

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Dr. George Klauber
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What exactly does it mean to have a low white blood cell count?

Dr. George Klauber
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What exactly does it mean to have a low white blood cell count?

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

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Dr. Ronald Krauser
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Is it bad to have a low white blood cell count? And what does it mean?

Dr. Ronald Krauser
Board Certified, Rheumatology
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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. ...Read more

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
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Could you tell me what are some leads to and what does a low white blood cell count in a woman mean?

Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Board Certified, Pathology
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Depends on the cause: There are many causes of low white blood cell count like, autoimmune disease, bone marrow failure, enlarged spleen, drug toxicity etc. See this site for more info. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/low-white-blood-cell-count/my00162. ...Read more

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Dr. Ronald Krauser
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What does my father's low white blood cell count mean?

Dr. Ronald Krauser
Board Certified, Rheumatology
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What does my father's low white blood cell count mean?

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. ...Read more

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