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Why Do Kids Develop A Low White Blood Cell Count
Several ways: 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. ...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?
Follow up: 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. ...Read more
Often a virus!: While blood cell count can be low with viral infections. Important to make sure that the red blood cell count and hemoglobin are normal and that the while blood cells are normal in appearance. If wbc, rbc and platelets are low, intervention by hematologist is necessary and may require bone marrow. Low WBC should be followed and return to normal when over the viral infection! ...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
Many: Depends on how low the count is and what other symptoms and signs are associated with it and what caused the low count. A common risk is propensity to infections. See this site for more info. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/low-white-blood-cell-count/my00162. ...Read more
Many: 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. ...Read more
Depends: 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. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Many causes.: 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. ...Read more
There are many.: Infections can sometimes cause low white blood cells - surprising to many because most people think of a high WBC in that case, but overwhelming bacterial infections can lead to depletion of wbcs. Viruses can also destroy wbcs temporarily. Certain medicines and drugs can cause low white blood counts and auto-immune diseases (where the body's immune system attacks itself) are another cause. ...Read more
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