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What do you call it when you have small amounts of white blood cells?

What do you call it when you have small amounts of white blood cells?

Leukopenia: A low white cell count is called leukopenia. It can be caused by many different things and needs to be evaluated by a hematologist. ...Read more

Dr. Angelica Balingit
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Can't get my small uterine polyp removed until mid-end2018.If I had my polyp for a few mths or longer would my white blood cells be high if cancer?

Can't get my small uterine polyp removed until mid-end2018.If I had my polyp for a few mths or longer would my white blood cells be high if cancer?

Not necessarily: A small polyp, with or without cancer would not materially affect your white cell count. Infection of the polyp, or if the poly is blocking the cervical canal, infection of the tissue behind the blockage is a more likely explanation for elevated WBC count.
Wish you good health! ...Read more

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Too many white blood cells?

Too many white blood cells?

WBCs: There are many conditions that can cause too many white blood cells. If this is occurring you should discuss this with your doctor to determine the cause and to obtain proper treatment if necessary. ...Read more

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What are white blood cells?

What are white blood cells?

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

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What are white blood cells for?

What are white blood cells for?

Infection fighting: The white blood cells (leukocytes) are infection fighting cells. ...Read more

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Can you clone white blood cells?

Can you clone white blood cells?

Yes.: A bone marrow transplant is essentially collecting the stem cells that grow into white cells red cells and platelets and then giving them to a recipient where the cells grow out into a new source of blood. That is in essence cloning white cells. ...Read more

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What causes low white blood cells?

What causes low white blood cells?

Many things: Could be normal variant. Medications, infections, specifically a virus. Chemotherapy can cause a low white count. Other causes can be malignant, such as a leukemia. However, it also depends on how long it has been low. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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What does white blood cells mean if low?

What does white blood cells mean if low?

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

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What cause low white blood cells to form?

What cause low white blood cells to form?

Low white cell count: Viral infections often cause leukopenia (low white blood cell count). Other causes: depressed bone marrow, poisoning, chemical burns, malnutrition, chemotherapy, radiation, etc. ...Read more

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What do white blood cells do in the body?

What do white blood cells do in the body?

Fight infection: White cells are the body's means to attack invaders, secrete substances helpful to combat infection and immune disorders and keep your body healthy. ...Read more

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What does white blood cells mean if 18000?

What does white blood cells mean if 18000?

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

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How do I treat elevated white blood cells?

How do I treat elevated white blood cells?

How elevated?: 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, elevated white cells is not a diagnosis. The cause of elevated white cells needs to be treated. It is not feasible to provide a meaningful opinion without taking additional history, physical examination and may be additional tests. ...Read more

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Is bad to have too many white blood cells?

Is bad to have too many white blood cells?

Infection?: It depends on the underlying cause, such as infection. I assume you had a blood test done to assess a problem, so your physician will be able to discuss the findings and plan with you. ...Read more

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How do you decrease high white blood cells?

How do you decrease high white blood cells?

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 more

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Do white blood cells die if exposed to air?

Do white blood cells die if exposed to air?

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

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Is it bad to have 20, 000 white blood cells?

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

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What is the life cycle of white blood cells?

What is the life cycle of white blood cells?

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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White blood cells 21000....What could it be?

White blood cells 21000....What could it be?

Lots: Of potential answers here. Could be as simple as an infection. Also could be a myeloproliferative disease, acute or chronic leukemia, or a related to a medication. ...Read more

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What causes a decrease in white blood cells?

Many things: Medication, viral infection, primary blood disease such as leukemia or myelodysplastic syndrome for a start. ...Read more

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What do the white blood cells do in the body?

White blood cells: They are mainly the soldiers int he body and different wbcs have different roles just like the differnt braches of hte military. Some fight bacteria and some fight viruses. ...Read more

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What does the white blood cells do typically?

WBC role: Wbcs usually are the soldiers in yourbody and different kinds of wbcs have different roles to play in infections. This is like the military having different branches with different functions. Some fight bacteril infections and some fight virla infections. ...Read more

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How do white blood cells move around the body?

How do white blood cells move around the body?

Leukotaxis: White blood cells circulate in blood along with plasma and other cells. At the site of injury or other signal attractive to a particular white cell, the cells can migrate through the capillary wall and move towards the target by ameboid movement. Neutrophils also have proteolytic enzymes that can digest the tissue or debris and facilitate movement. ...Read more

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What should I do to help white blood cells go up?

Figure out: The cause. Many reasons for a lie wbc. Need to understand in order to make a treatment plan. ...Read more

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What are reasons why my white blood cells are low?

What are reasons why my white blood cells are low?

Hard to say!: Is this a new problem? Are you sick? On any new meds or supplements? Lots of things can cause a low white blood cell count. Any test, whether normal or not, has to be interpreted in light of the symptoms you are having. If this was found on a routine blood test and you feel fine, it may be nothing, and should be repeated later to see if it is still low. Talk to your doc on what followup to do ...Read more

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What is the cause of increase in white blood cells?

In fact there can: Be many causes from infections, autoimmune disease, dehydration, medications, stress, to malignancies and many other causes too. ...Read more

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Can you describe how to increase white blood cells?

Depends.: Improving a low WBC would depend on the cause. The WBC is controlled by a hormone (g-csf) normally, and this is available as a medication that can be useful in patients on cancer chemotherapy. Otherwise, the underlying cause should be treated (nutritional, drug side effect, autoimmune disease, bone marrow disorder, etc.). ...Read more

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Are there ways to increase white blood cells in body?

Yes: Yes, white counts can go up a number of ways. There are drugs that are used, especially in patients who are immunocompromised (i.e., cancer patients) when their white count gets too low. Otherwise, the most common reason for WBC count to go up is infections. As far as a natural way for you to make it go up yourself, no, there's not a way. ...Read more

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What is the probable cause of high white blood cells?

Infection: Infection is the most common cause of high white blood cells, but there can be other causes such as leukemia. ...Read more

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Can too many white blood cells cause serious problems?

Hard to say: Unless we know why the wbcs are too high, and how high. A modest increase may be of no consequence, and a very high level can be acute leukemia and even immediately life threatening. ...Read more

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What does it mean when your white blood cells are high?

What does it mean when your white blood cells are high?

SOMETHING: Inflammatory, infectious, or blood cancer is ocurring in your body. Depends on how high also. ...Read more

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What does it mean if I have Enlarged White Blood Cells?

What does it mean if I have Enlarged White Blood Cells?

Too little info: The look analysis is usually done by a machine where the cells rapidly flow through a small tube. You should speak to your doc about all the factors they measured and the meanings of each. ...Read more

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Recently blood: what are band/banded white blood cells?

Bands: White blood cells that are referred to as 'bands' are usually provoked by infection, and the bands are actually premature white cells that are released into the blood stream from the bone marrow as an attempt to fight off infection. ...Read more

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What will happen if your white blood cells get too low?

Increased risk: For infection, and in some cases the infection can be serious or even life threatening. ...Read more

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What occurs if the body stopped making white blood cells?

Infection: The most likely effect would be infection. These would typically be severe/life-threatening, and often-times not commonly seen in the general public (weird fungal and bacterial infections), but more common in patients with low WBC counts, such as those on chemo or with hiv/aids. ...Read more

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What does it mean when you have to many white blood cells?

Leukocytosis: May mean infection, leukemia, inflammation systemically, high steroid levels. You need to integrate this value with clinical assessment. Cannot be interpreted without further info. ...Read more

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What are the causes of more white blood cells in the body?

See details: Elevation of the white count can occur secondary to many issues including, stress, infections, some medications and more serious issues such as leukemia. Sometimes it can occur for no specific reason. ...Read more