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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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Dr. Angelica Balingit
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Blood Cells (Definition)

Blood cells are individual cells that are carried by blood to various organs. White blood cells fight infection. Red ...Read more


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What causes too many red blood cells and white blood cells?

What causes too many red blood cells and white blood cells?

Quite a few things: Infection, myeloproliferative disease, chronic leukemias, physiologic stress, medications and heavy smoking to name a few. ...Read more

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Low white blood cells after flu?

Low white blood cells after flu?

Myelosuppression: Some viruses can cause leukopenia from myelosuppresion (bone marrow suppresion). This is transient and resolves on its own. ...Read more

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A slightly elevated white blood count and white cells in urine mean what?

A slightly elevated white blood count and white cells in urine mean what?

See below: Can be due to infection in the kidney called pyelonephritis or severe bladder infection called cystitis.Sometimes white cells in the urine may be due to a allergic reaction in the kidney from some medications. ...Read more

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I had blood work done red blood cells white blood cells and platelets were all low also hemocrit among others does this indicate leukemia?

I had blood work done red blood cells white blood cells and platelets were all low also hemocrit among others does this indicate leukemia?

Maybe: At your age, leukemia usually shows a high white count. However, anemia is ALWAYS serious and worth investigating. WBC and platelets values only somewhat out of range are less worrisome. I'm betting we find something treatable. ...Read more

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What does it mean when there are red blood cells and white blood cells in urine?

What does it mean when there are red blood cells and white blood cells in urine?

Infection: When there are both alot of rbc's and wbc's in the urine it usually indicates a bacterial infection either cystitis, prostatitis, urethritis or pyelonephritis. ...Read more

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Does CBC blood test include white and red blood cell count?

Does CBC blood test include white and red blood cell count?

It can,,,: CBC stands for Complete Blood Count, which includes platelet, white blood cell count, hemoglobin, and hematocrit. These last 2 values indicate the amount of blood in your body by concentration and percent of blood volume. A more thorough report can also show the size range and number of red cells along with a differential of the white cells. ...Read more

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Could blood type matter when donating white blood cells?

Could blood type matter when donating white blood cells?

No: Blood group type does not matter for donation. The donor and recipient need to be compatible. 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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What?Causes a high white blood cell count?

What?Causes a high white blood cell count?

High WBC: You could have inflammation rather than infection. A sed rate and CRP are helpful tests to rule this out. You may need to see a rheumatologist. ...Read more

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Help can blood type matter when donating white blood cells?

Help can blood type matter when donating white blood cells?

No: You blood type does not affect the donation process. Type O blood is generally in greater demand as O red cells can be given to almost all patients. ...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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What is the yellow liquid in which red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets are suspended?

What is the yellow liquid in which red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets are suspended?

Plasma: If the blood is allowed to clot (thereby removing the clotting factors) before isolating this fluid, then it is called serum instead of plasma. ...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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I've low white blood cell count and enlarged red blood cells and need another blood test. I'm vegan, occasional smoker/drinker. should i worry?

I've low white blood cell count and enlarged red blood cells and need another blood test. I'm vegan, occasional smoker/drinker. should i worry?

Worth pursuing: Folate (folic acid) and B12 deficiencies might explain the findings. Worth pursuing to see what's up. It could be something more serious but common things are common. ...Read more

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What is something that can cause high red blood cell count along with smaller then normal red blood cells?

What is something that can cause high red blood cell count along with smaller then normal red blood cells?

Thalassemia: The most connon would be thalassemia minor or trait, an inherited disorder characterized by an increased number of rbcs that are smaller than normal in size, usually with mild anemia. These are disiases where to body has trouble making enough hemoglobin and are congenital. There are some other, more rare conditions as well that can do it. ...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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Why is having high white blood count not healthy? Don't white blood cells fight bacteria and infections and the such?

A high WBC per se: Is not a problem, but also could be associated with a serious disease like acute or chronic leukemia. ...Read more

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What is number for normal white blood cell count and red blood cell count. Thank you.

What is number for normal white blood cell count and red blood cell count. Thank you.

Variable lab normals: Each lab has normal ranges of the values. White Blood Count normal range is usually between 4.0 and 10.5. Hemoglobin values are usually between 11.0-14.5 for women and 12-15 for men. Rarely do people actually quote the RBC count number although it is reported on most lab reports. ...Read more

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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?

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?

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?

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?

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