What Does It Mean To Have A High White Blood Cell Count?


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Adam Yare answered
Having a high white blood cell count should be some cause of concern. Although it is not a disease in itself, it can usually show that you may have an underlying condition. If you have been told you have a high white blood cell count, you will usually be taken for more tests to try and determine what may be causing this high level.

According to, some possible causes of high white blood cell count are as follows;

- Infection
- Inflammation
- Trauma
- Tissue damage
- Use of certain medications (antibiotics or anti-seizure drugs)
- Allergy
- Chronic bone marrow disease
- Severe physical or mental stress

As you can see from the above list, the causes of a high white blood cell count are varied and widespread. If you are worried about the cause of your high white blood cell count then it is important to talk to your doctor. They will be able to explain everything in more detail and will probably conduct further tests.

Getting advice and information from a medical professional is always the most sensible way to go. It can be easy to search for symptoms or a diagnosis online, however this research can do more harm than good. You can give yourself a lot of undue stress worrying that you may have something more serious than you actually have. Therefore with any medical concern, book an appointment with a doctor and get the correct information from the outset.
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Anonymous answered
I am 16 years old, female, and in good health. I have had a sore throat all month and can hardly eat or drink. My doctor ordered tests and strep throat was ruled, as was mono and tonsillitis. My white blood cell count is 16,000 today. What could be wrong with me? I do not smoke, am not stressed, and no weight loss/gain, and normally eat healthy.
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When white blood cell count is high, it means you are fighting an infection.  If the count is through the roof, this means that you may have leukimia, a type of cancer that affects the production of red blood cells.  White blood cells are produced to help the body fight an underlying problem - best to have checked out
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Super man answered
It means you have an infection or if it is sky high it could be leukemia. .

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