Re: Wbc 17.4
The number you are giving does not tell much about what is going on. It is somewhat elevated which can be a combination of infection, smoking, or something more drastic. However, without the specific percentages of each cell and how they relate to the entire WBC, not much information can be given to you. If the neutrophils and bands are elevated it can be a bacterial infection(not the only thing but one) If the lymphocytes are elevated it could be a viral infection(that the body is handling). If the Eosinophils are elevated it could be allergic reaction, or a arthritis condition. The basophils if they are elevated could also be allergic reaction or parasite involvement. But as I said in the beginning, the 17. 4 by itself is just about out of range for normal adult males or females. This can be temporary and drop back down in 3 days or so and be normal. The doctor will probably want to retest to see if there is a pattern.