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Why do doctors worry about white blood count if you have an infection?

Why do doctors worry about white blood count if you have an infection?

To monitor response!: Wbc count, preferably w/ differential is an excellent way to monitor treatment response to antibiotics, or other treatments! ...Read more

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Dr. Andrew Berry
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Infection (Definition)

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


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Low white blood count.Doc said not to worry but I am?Had sinus infection since June, herpes1 breakout that's gone,ear infections still have,now tremor

Low white blood count.Doc said not to worry but I am?Had sinus infection since June, herpes1 breakout that's gone,ear infections still have,now tremor

Check immunity: Hard question to answer without seeing and examing you. This could be nothing, but If infection persists or out of ordinary, check your immune system. Tremor can occur in some immune deficiency conditions or induced by antibiotics. ...Read more

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Doctor says white blood count slightly low should I worry?

Doctor says white blood count slightly low should I worry?

Leukopenia: A low white cell count (leukopenia) can be caused by many different things. Some people have low white cells due to a medication they are taking. Others are born with it. Others develop it because of dangerous conditions such as leukemia. Please consult with a hematologist to determine what form of leukopenia you have. ...Read more

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Can a skin infection cause an infection to get in your blood and cause your white blood count to be high?

Yes: There are different skin infections like boils, abscesses, cellulitis, and septic infections. You should see a doctor today for follow up of your blood testing. ...Read more

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How come when when you have a dental infection, your white blood count and temp don't rise?

How come when when you have a dental infection, your white blood count and temp don't rise?

Takes time: Often times we group all dental infections into one category or 'present' or 'not present.' in reality, when they occur tooth abscesses exist as a spectrum of barely there to severe. Our immune systems can do an amazing job at keeping dental abscesses localized and from spreading. Eventually, however, the immune system becomes overwhelmed. Until this happens, most systemic signs are absent. ...Read more

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Why might it be that when when you have a dental infection, your white blood count doesn't rise?

Why might it be that when when you have a dental infection, your white blood count doesn't rise?

It Can: If the infection is confined to the hard surfaces of the tooth, there is no blood component. However, if the infection encompasses the gums, nerve, or other vascular component of the mouth, then an increased white blood cell count is definitely probable, as it would be in any other infection. Many times patient's say "it doesn't hurt, why treat it?" this is a perfect reason why it is necessary! ...Read more

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If white blood count is around normal but u have c diff what does that mean? Wouldn't it be higher to fight off infection

If white blood count is around normal but u have c diff what does that mean? Wouldn't it be higher to fight off infection

Confined to the gut: Despite popular wisdom, the white blood cells that fight bacteria often are not increased in the blood unless the infection is severe and involves much of the body, or they are actually multiplying in the bloodstream. I understand you are recovering from a c. Difficile diarrhea and you can rest assured many of your friendly white cells are in your gut helping fight these nasty bacteria. ...Read more

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In chemotherapy . White blood count low and fever .. Can this def be an infection?

In chemotherapy . White blood count low and fever .. Can this def be an infection?

FEVER WITH CHEMO: FEVER WITH CHEMO. It can be a side effect of the chemo or a secondary infection. You need an exam/LABS/UAC&S and a CXR. Seek prompt follow up with your doctor. If symptoms worsen or fever >101, seek ER EVALUATION. ...Read more

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How high does your white blood count go up when you have a bacterial infection?

How high does your white blood count go up when you have a bacterial infection?

You make more: White blood cells (WBCs) are the soldiers in your bloodstream who fight infections for you. Suppose you have a bacterial infection. One thing your WBCs do is start killing bacteria. At the same time, they also send signals for your bone marrow to make more WBCs. It is this "calling for more troops" that causes you to make more WBCs which makes your WBC count go up. ...Read more

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Been having bad headaches and white blood count is high but no infection that I'm aware of so what are some of the possible causes? Dr doing more test

High WBC: How is your hemoglobin and your platelets? If you have no infection and your hematocrit is high, possible cause is polycythemia. If lymphocyte is high, should look for CLL. If platelet is high and there are many immature WBC, should look for for CML. Anyhow your doctor seem to be working you up for a proper diagnosis . You might need to see a hematologist. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Engel
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Wbc Count (Definition)

White blood cell count. That is, the number of WBC per microlitre of blood. It includes the common types of cells such as neutophils (granulocytes), lymhpocytes, monocytes, and the less ...Read more


Dr. Thomas Ruma
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Blood Count (Definition)

Include the number of white blood cells (wbc), red blood cells (hgb or ...Read more