Low White Blood Count What Does It Mean

Learn about the causes of low white blood count and what does it mean.  A decrease in the count means your body does not have enough cells to fight off infections and diseases. What is considered a low blood count?  Often 3,500 white blood cells per micro liter is considered low. There are many diseases and conditions that cause low white blood count.  Knowing some of the causes will help you get treatment.

General Causes.  Some of the causes of low white blood count are infections in the body.  Cancer a disease that often damages bone marrow where the cells are produced. Medications that interfere with production of white blood cells. Autoimmune disease are another cause of this condition. Vitamin defencies, parasitic infections and even some medications cause low blood count..

Aplastic Anemia and Chemotherapy.  This condition means your body stops producing new blood cells. It leads to fatigue and risk of bleeding that cannot be controlled. This condition often develops at any age. Treatments for this condition include blood transfusions, stem cell transplants and prescription medications.Chemotherapy is a treatment used to kill cancer cell that grow faster than normal cells.  Sometimes the side effect is that it produces the condition of low white blood cells. It is sometimes used to stop pain associated with some cancers  and for bone marrow diseases.

HIV/AID and Hyperthyroidism  This is autoimmune disease spread by sexual contact with another person. It also is spread by contact with infected blood. There are no treatments that cure this disease but medications that slow its progress. Hyperthyroidism is a disease where your thyroid produces too much hormones. It causes sudden weight loss, sweating and nervousness. It is treated by medications and radioactive iodine to slow the progress of the gland. Sometimes surgery is necessary to remove the glands.

Leukemia, and Rheumatoid Arthritis. Leukemia is cancer of the blood forming tissue like bone marrow and lymphatic system. It has many symptoms that are general like night sweats, losing weight and fatigue. Often blood tests, bone marrow tests and physical exam are needed to determine type of leukemia and treatment. Treatment.s included chemotherapy, radiation, stem cell transplants, using drugs. Rheumatoid Arthritis is an autoimmune disease that affects joints causes swelling stiffness.

Drug Treatments. There are many different prescription drugs to treat low white blood cell count.  There are antibiotics to fight infections. Barbarities are often given to fight pain. Chemotherapy drugs are to help with side effect of cancer treatments. Depending on the cause medication for infections may be prescribed.

Blood Test: Low white blood cell count is often discovered by a  blood test.  Your doctor will take a sample of your blood.  The lab will analyze the white blood cells and you will discuss the results. Often they will look for number of white blood cells in a certain volume of blood. The normal range in many laboratories is 4,300 to 10,800.per micro liter or cubic millimeter.  The low count is 500 to 1500. 

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