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Old 11-21-2008, 09:36 AM   #1
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Getting new blood work done... can being sick (cold/cough) affect them?

I am getting my blood work up done again...

I have a mild virus... sore throat, cough, stuffy nose... can that affect my levels on the blood test for anemia?

Also, I have been taking a healthy dose of Excedrin migraine the last few days (horrible migraines...ugh!).

Will those pills change my results, either?

But, I will not ingest anything but water 12 hours before the test...!

Thanks!!

- Hallie

 
Old 11-21-2008, 09:59 AM   #2
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Re: Getting new blood work done... can being sick (cold/cough) affect them?

hello. if you have a cold or a type of virus and your dr does a CBC with a differential you might have something called a "shift" in your white blood cell counts ie your neutrophils might be higher and your lymphocytes lower. if you have some type of bacterial infection your white blood cell count as a whole will be higher.
as far as affecting tests the dr will be looking at JUST for anemia i would say you don't have to worry. the hemoglobin, hematocrit, RBCs, and ferritin should not be affected by being sick. neither should B-12 or folic acid.
as far as the excedrin migraine, if you are taking the one with aspirin that might lower your platelet count slightly, but again that won't really affect the anemia counts.
hope this helps -- feel better.

 
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Old 11-21-2008, 02:19 PM   #3
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Re: Getting new blood work done... can being sick (cold/cough) affect them?

Ah, okay!

Thank you for your help!

 
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