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What symptoms are often associated with a high white blood cell count?

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Dr. Shaym Puppala
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In brief: Depends on reason

High white blood cell (WBC) count is the body's response to physical stress or infection.
Symptoms (eg fever) generally are from the underlying cause of high WBC rather than from the high WBC itself. Reasons for elevated WBC can include infection, blood/bone marrow disorder, cancer, and treatment with steroids like prednisone. Sometimes, a WBC may be somewhat high with no clear reason or symptom.

In brief: Depends on reason

High white blood cell (WBC) count is the body's response to physical stress or infection.
Symptoms (eg fever) generally are from the underlying cause of high WBC rather than from the high WBC itself. Reasons for elevated WBC can include infection, blood/bone marrow disorder, cancer, and treatment with steroids like prednisone. Sometimes, a WBC may be somewhat high with no clear reason or symptom.
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