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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Board Certified, Pathology
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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?

Dr. Ed Friedlander
Board Certified, Pathology
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  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?

You're fine: Normal WBC. I trust lymphocyte and neutrophil counts were fine also. Take the prenisone for the poison ivy only if it's so bad you can't sleep otherwise. We're glad to help. ...Read more

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Dr. Bennett Machanic
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Dr. Tara Solomon
Board Certified, Obstetrics and Gynecology
35 years in practice
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Can nonoxynol-9 result in vaginal inflammation and higher white blood cell count in vaginal discharge? Or is WBC count only related to infection?

Dr. Tara Solomon
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Can nonoxynol-9 result in vaginal inflammation and higher white blood cell count in vaginal discharge? Or is WBC count only related to infection?

Nonoxynol 9 : Yes, nonoxynol 9 and the condom itself can lead to inflammation of the vahina and elevated white cells. This is known as leukorrhea. It is not necessarily an infection like yeast. ...Read more

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Board Certified, Pathology
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What are the causes of white blood cell count low?

Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Board Certified, Pathology
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Multiple causes: Low production due to bone marrow failure, side effects of some drugs, excessive destruction in auto-immune disorders, enlarged spleen from any cause etc. See this site for more info. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/complete-blood-count/my00476. ...Read more

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Dr. Alfredo Garcia
Board Certified, Pediatrics
51 years in practice
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White blood cell count low causes what problems?

Dr. Alfredo Garcia
Board Certified, Pediatrics
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White blood cell count low causes what problems?

Low white cell count: White blood cells are the body's warriors against infection. When their number runs low, you become more susceptible to infections that could easily become more severe than usual. ...Read more

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Dr. Bennett Machanic
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Dr. Aasim Sehbai
Board Certified, Hematology and Oncology
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What are white blood cell count low symptoms?

Dr. Aasim Sehbai
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What are white blood cell count low symptoms?

Low white count : Symptoms are usually from underlying disease which lower white count like infections, lupus, arthritis, vasculitis, connective tissue diseases, b12, folic acid, copper deficiency, mds. Neutropenia also increases risk for various infections. ...Read more

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Dr. Martin Rubenstein
Board Certified, Hematology and Oncology
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I have low white blood cell count, low lymphs, low lymphocytes absolute, what can it mean?

Dr. Martin Rubenstein
Board Certified, Hematology and Oncology
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I have low white blood cell count, low lymphs, low lymphocytes absolute, what can it mean?

Many things.: A low lymphocyte count can be associated with various causes. It can be congenital, as part of immune deficiency. It can be related to viral illness and other infections. It can be due to treatment with Prednisone and other immunosuppressive medications. It can be part of an autoimmune condition. But most common is transient due to simple viral infection. ...Read more

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Dr. Sewa Legha
Board Certified, Medical Oncology
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Due to fatigue for 6+ weeks, had a CBC which found white blood cell count low and iron low. Also found my absolute lymphocytes at 630 & normal is 850?

Dr. Sewa Legha
Board Certified, Medical Oncology
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Due to fatigue for 6+ weeks, had a CBC which found white blood cell count low and iron low.  Also found my absolute lymphocytes at 630 & normal is 850?

Send us exact info: We need your CBC(Complete blood count) report. Then we can help you interpret it better. Is there any reason to suspect that you could have infection with the HIV? That is one cause of low lymphocyte counts especially if they persist on repeat check up, once more. ...Read more

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Dr. Yash Khanna
Board Certified, Family Medicine
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High white blood cell count low blood pressure fever and sore lymph nodes - what could be wrong?

Dr. Yash Khanna
Board Certified, Family Medicine
52 years in practice
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Need to se MD asap: With your symptoms of fever, sore lymph nodes and low blood pressure.You need to consult your doctor asap.It may be an infectious process, or some serious condition involving the lymph nodes.You should follow up with your doctor and may need a consult with id specialist or a hematologist. ...Read more

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Dr. Leila Hashemi
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
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My white blood cell count was extremely low, 3.4 thousand/Ul, what does this mean?

Dr. Leila Hashemi
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
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Leukopenia : Leukopenia could be a normal variant especially in African-American people. Most common causes of Leukopenia are acute virus infection, HIV, Hepatitis B and C, some bacterial infection, Vitamin b12 deficiency and medications. To make a diagnosis it's important to know the differential of WBC and also other cell lines like Red blood cells and Platelet count. Talk to your Provider for evaluation ...Read more

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Dr. Tarik Hadid
Board Certified, Hematology and Oncology
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My white blood cell count has been very very low for many months now. Is it serious ?

Dr. Tarik Hadid
Board Certified, Hematology and Oncology
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My white blood cell count has been very very low for many months now. Is it serious ?

Depends : It all depends on the cause and the degree of the decease in wbc. Some ethnic groups tend to have mildly lower WBC at all time and that is normal. However, you doctor should search for alternative causes before assuming so. Medication and autoimmune diseases are common causes of low wbc. ...Read more

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