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What Is A Low White Blood Cell Count Number
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?
Depends: The primary purpose of white blood cells (wbcs) is to fight infection. So, people with low white blood cell counts could be more susceptible to infections. However, it depends on why the wbcs are low. Some people simply have low WBC counts and live normal lives. Others could have an underlying problem causing the low counts. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Many causes.: Low WBC can be due to nutritional factors, infections (esp. Viral infections), autoimmune diseases, inhereted defects, leukemias and other bone marrow cancers, meylodysplasia, drug reactions, and even unknown causes. The problem with this is infection, but the risk depends on how low the WBC is. Only with very low WBC is there a risk of death. ...Read more
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
Often none : If the white blood cells do not decrease below a certain threshold, there may be no symptoms. Profile indicates Clozaril which may cause agranulocytosis(neutropenia). Symptoms can present insidiously with oral ulcerations +/- fever. Sepsis can be the initial presentation in abrupt cases. Monitor WBC count soon after starting therapy and frequently in first 3 months of therapy. ...Read more
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
Many: Primary or secondary blood disorder, infection, immunologic diseases, medication, and many other possibilities. Most causes would be treatable. If this has been confirmed then consultation with a hematologist would be appropriate. ...Read more
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