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What is considered a low white blood cell count?

In most labs

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under 4 is considered low
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Dr. Tara Solomon answered:

Can Nonoxynol-9 result in vaginal inflammation and higher white blood cell count in vaginal discharge? Or is WBC count only related to infection?

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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.
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What causes a low white blood cell count?

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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.
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Is a low white blood cell count dangerous?

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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.
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Why do kids develop a low white blood cell count?

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White blood cells are created by the bone marrow, so anything that suppresses bone marrow affects white blood cells. Some viral illnesses such as Mono can do it, as well as an overwhelming bacterial infection. Some children naturally have low white cell counts. Others have genetic cycles where the white count gets very low. Occasionally a bone marrow disease such as leukemia is responsible.
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Want to know reasons for a low white blood cell count?

Many causes.

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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.
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Dr. Shaym Puppala answered:

How can I help my child who has a low white blood cell count?

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The best answer I can give is to be sure to follow up with appointments and blood tests. There could be a number of reasons for low white blood count, some of them serious and some not, and the best thing one can do is to be sure the child has close follow-up with the pediatrician. If the cause is known to be an immune deficiency, then keeping good hygiene is very important.
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What are some causes a low white blood cell count in a woman?

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Viral infections often cause leukopenia (low white blood cell count). Other causes: depressed bone marrow, poisoning, chemical burns, malnutrition, chemotherapy, radiation, etc
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What exactly does it mean to have a low white blood cell count?

Leukopenia

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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
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Is it true that a low white blood cell count be a sign of cancer?

Possibly

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While other diseases can cause low white blood cell counts, the possibility of cancer in the bone marrow is always raised when this is seen. Cancer cells can replace the normal cells of the bone marrow. The normal cells produce mature circulating blood cells (white blood cells, red blood cells, and platelets). If they are compromised, so are their products.
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