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Does allergy shots lower white blood cell levels?

Does allergy shots lower white blood cell levels?

No change in WBCs: As long as you are referring to allergen immunotherapy and not steroid injection there is no data suggesting any significant change in white cell blood counts. Steroids on the other-hand often effect blood counts. ...Read more

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Body blood cell that responds to inflamation or infection or ...Read more


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What would cause a higher billyruben level and a lower white blood cell count in an adult?

What would cause a higher billyruben level and a lower white blood cell count in an adult?

Many causes...: Many things can cause high bilirubin and low white count. Common causes are biliary obstruction by gallstones, tumors or scarring in the gallbladder, pancreas, and bile ducts. Infectious hepatitis abd liver failure can also raise bilirubin. Hemolysis (rupture of red blood cells) can also raise your bilirubin. Please follow up with your doctor because additional work up is needed. ...Read more

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What do a high white blood cell reading and low oxygen level in your blood suggest? How do you cure this?

What do a high white blood cell reading and low oxygen level in your blood suggest? How do you cure this?

Need diagnosis...: Before you can be treated, you need a diagnosis. The high WBC count may be due to an infection. If you add to this a low oxygen saturation, you may have a respiratory infection like acute bronchitis or pneumonia. See your doctor for diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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My white blood cell count in low according to my blood work. How do I get it back to normal levels?

You don't: A low white count is often normal. There is really nothing you can do to raise it. Discuss the results with your doctor and ask if anything further needs to be done. ...Read more

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I have slightly high white blood cell count and very high levels of protiens in my urine. What does this mean?

I have slightly high white blood cell count and very high levels of protiens in my urine. What does this mean?

Slightly high: Wbc count is usually insignificant, but the elevated urine protein needs to be evaluated soon for any indicators of renal insufficiency and treated. Contact the individual ordering the lab tests, . ...Read more

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If bag for babies urine sample was contaminated can high level of white blood cell test be false?Also second bag for culture make test false neg?

If bag for babies urine sample was contaminated can high level of white blood cell test be false?Also second bag for culture make test false neg?

No bags!!: If there is a significant concern for a urine infection in a baby, a bag specimen should never be used. It's akin to pooping on an area before a culture is collected instead of a nice sterile clean sight. The baby should be catheterized with a tiny feeding tube or small cath tube and a truly clean specimen obtained. So many false positives from dirty specimens and then unclear results. ...Read more

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I constantly have an elevated white blood cell count and alkaline phosphatase levels currently at 196 I am female 56.

How do you FEEL?: Around 5% of older folks always run elevated alk phos and trying to work it up never produces anything helpful; if the specimen is nonfasting and you don't have A antigen on your red cells, it's often high from intestinal alk phos. If all WBC's are normally formed and other cells are normal, I'd worry only if the WBC is very high. Lab "normals" are set so that several % of healthies are outside ...Read more

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Can a lithium level of 2.5 cause seizures and a raised white blood cell count?

Can a lithium level of 2.5 cause seizures and a raised white blood cell count?

Yes: A lithium level of 2.5 is about twice the upper level of the recommended range. Lithium toxicity can occur at lower levels than this. Usual early symptoms are hand tremors and diarrhea, at higher levels seizures can occur. List of symptoms here: http://www.Nlm.Nih.Gov/medlineplus/ency/article/002667.Htm raised WBC count happens even at usual (nontoxic) doses ; is not dangerous. ...Read more

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Nuclear medicine, indium white blood cell test question what are the steps involved in taking an indium white blood cell test? Do i need to be worried about the radiation levels of the radioactive blood being introduced back into my blood stream?

Nuclear medicine, indium white blood cell test question what are the steps involved in taking an indium white blood cell test?

Do i need to be worried about the radiation levels of the radioactive blood being introduced back into my blood stream?

A : A white blood cell test is one of the most labor intensive preparations that we do in nuclear medicine. We start with a blood draw from a person. The blood is then transported to the lab where it is centrifuged to separate it into plasma, red cells and white cells. The white cells are pipetted off and are labeled with indium-111. These white cells are then transported back to the facility. After positive re-identification of the patient is made (for infection control purposes), the blood is re-injected into the patient. We then wait 24 hours for these living cells to "home in" on an infection. Finally we image the patient to identify any infections (hot spots of white cells). We only do a nuclear medicine test in cases where there is a medical question to be answered. You doctor has decided that the small amount of radiation which you are going to receive is "worth" the diagnostic answer that he is going to receive with this study. A positive white blood cell test often results in the patient being on antibiotics for 6 months so i think you can see that a lot is riding on the results of this study. ...Read more

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White blood cell count 16.95 at week 39 preg appt. doc casually mentioned leukemia. Any other ideas? Second child, first there was no elevated levels

White blood cell count 16.95 at week 39 preg appt. doc casually mentioned leukemia. Any other ideas? Second child, first there was no elevated levels

Confusing data: In most circles a white blood count of 16.95 would mean 16,950 cells per microliter with a expected range of 4500-10,000.Pregnancy is known to cause an elevation of the WBC level. If the count were above 100,000 I would consider that a possibility & rarely it could be at a lower level. Why the diagnosis was even brought up in that setting is confusing. I suspect the doc has some explaining to do. ...Read more

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Is there a link between dementia and slightly low levels of vitamin d with a lowered white blood cell count?

Is there a link between dementia and slightly low levels of vitamin d with a lowered white blood cell count?

Perhaps, it depends: I don't have enough info to know in your situation. There are many causes of dementia. Low white count may signify chronic viral infection or infections like Lyme which can cause dementia. Low D is associated with impaired immunity, inflammation & increased risk of autoimmunity,all of which can aggravate dementia.Check B12 levels, thyroid, heavy metal toxicity etc. Consult an integrative MD or ND. ...Read more

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I have an elevated sedimentation rate, elevated white blood cell count, elevated absolute neutrophils, elevated absolute lymphocytes, & low iron level?

I have an elevated sedimentation rate, elevated white blood cell count, elevated absolute neutrophils, elevated absolute lymphocytes, & low iron level?

How do you FEEL?: If the white cell values are not extremely out of range, and all are well formed, I would not worry about them. Iron is more worrisome as even without anemia, low values can war of poor nutrition or bleeding from an uncertain or tumor. Nobody here can really tell you much more than that we are glad you are amtaking an active role in understanding your health. ...Read more

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White blood cell 4.27 ?

Low normal: Normal white cell count is from 4 to 11. More information is needed about the differential count etc. All lab results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and the doctor who ordered the test is usually in the best position to do that. ...Read more

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How does white blood cell donation?

The approach: Us to give WBC stimulating factor (neupogen) and then collect cells with a procedure called leukaphoresis. It takes several hours. ...Read more

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What are normal white blood cell counts?

What are normal white blood cell counts?

4500-10000: In adults: typically 4, 500-10, 000 white blood cells per microliter is considered normal. ...Read more