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White Blood Cell Count Numbers
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?
Is a white blood cell count of 3800 anything to be concerned about? Its only 700 below the reference point and all my other numbers are great.
Do not worry: Lab values are often fluctuating and a single test is not definitive. If you and your doctor that ordered the test are in touch, ask for follow up if there is concern for leucopenia, either from drugs or other causes. The white cell counts varies in relation to age,activity, immune status, treatments etc and are best correlated with your own health with your doctor. Take care and do not worry. ...Read more
I have a white blood cell count of 3.6, and absolute neutrophil of 1354... All other numbers in bloodwork are in normal range. Any reason for alarm ?
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
Leukopenia: Recent infection such as flu, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, aplastic anemia, hiv, lupus, hodgkin's lymphoma, cancer, typhoid, malaria, tb, sepsis, folate deficiency, copper & zinc deficiency, medications such as wellbutrin, (bupropion) depakote, lamictal, clozapine, minocycline, flagyl, interferone, arsenic toxicity. ...Read more
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