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White Blood Cell Count And Infection
NOT NECESSARILY: Sometimes your WBC count can fall precipitously as an infection worsens, because they adhere to blood vessel walls and then enter the tissues and are consumed by the process of fighting bacteria. If, however, the WBC was quite high, it may come down as treatment is effective. ...Read more
Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more
Certainly.: Mild and even moderate infections can have little effect on the white blood count. More severe infections may change the white blood cell count. Sometimes, even mild changes in the white blood cells may not be detected by the automated blood count machines, but can be recognized by pathologists. ...Read more
It may or may not: There are a variety of different types of infection. The white count (total, and counts of individual types) may or may not become high or low in response to particular infections. The whole business is enormously complicated, and labs are only one piece of information used in arriving at diagnosis. ...Read more
10 mo baby has white blood cell count 23, 000.No ear infection or signs infection. What are the possibilities? (he is not immunized) high fever of 104
Sad situation: An unimmunized kid with a 104 temperature may have something simple like a virus. S/he may also have a vaccine preventable illness like hemophilus meningitis or blood poisoning.I would take the child to be evaluated and be sure to inform the doc of the lack of vaccines. They can proceed with a more thorough evaluation understanding the extra possibilities. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have a high white (+++) and red (++++) blood cell count but no infection, cysts, ova or parasites was found in my stool. No salmonella, shigella etc?
Insufficient info: There's no way to know what your medical issue is or what cell count test you are referencing. We can assume you have diarrhea since you had a stool study. Are the high white and red counts in your blood, urine or stool? Results like +++ are usually from a screening dipstick, most likely a urine test. Write back and specify why you went to the doctor in the first place and what tests they did. ...Read more
Often: The absolute neutrophil count often goes up when there's a bacterial kidney infection. These are not to be taken lightly -- before antibiotics, they were major killers especially of young women. ...Read more
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?
Yes: There does not have to be a clear change in WBC with an infection. ...Read more
Yes: Any infection can affect your WBC count - these are the cells that fight infection, so we expect the normal for your body to change when you have an infection. It may be the total count changes (up or down), or the ratios of different types of white blood cells changes (change in differential count).Talk to your doctor about what your specific numbers signal - the numbers are just one puzzle piece. ...Read more
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