What is considered a 'normal' range for WBC? I have bronchitis and I am not getting over it that well. My dr did a cbc yesterday and my wbc was 4.4 which she said was low, as mine is usually around 7. Anyone know?
Edit: I was also very dehydrated and she said that it affected my rbc making it seem as though it were higher than it actually was... could my wbc actually be even lower?
well I'm on antibiotics for the bronchitis and ear infection, but I'm not feeling any better.. in fact at some points I feel worse and my fever has been higher. I've been on antibiotics since last wednesday.. over a week ago
How high is the fever? Sometimes it takes a while for antibiotics to reduce the bacteria enough to allievate symptoms. There are many things (stress, lack of sleep ect) that can cause low WBC's, which might prolong your illness. If your not getting much better after about 10 days I would call your doctor. Some bacteria are resitant to certain antibiotics.
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4.5 to 10.5 is in the normal range, I have leukopenia and neutropenia, my WBC is around 2.5 to 3.0 and my neutrophils are 1.0 or so, it has been this way now for over a year and all we're doing is keeping an eye on it. I seem to get infections easily and I also have pernicous anemia(B12 def)Drs don't normally get concerned unless it drops below 3.5 and steadily continues to drop over a period of time. During the course of this last year I have stayed around 2.5 to 3.0, not good but it didn't drop lower. I get blood draw every 3 months now, take supplements, eat as good as possible and try to stay away from people I know are sick. I could have alot of different treatments but they are dangerous he said and since Im not declining or even being really sick all the time it is just a watch and see. When I do get a infection and my blood is drawn the wbc is at 3.2, it's called an exhausted immune system, at least that is what he calls mine, I see a hematologist/oncologist.
The normal range for leukocytes, or white blood cells, is 4,500-10,000 per microliter of blood. Your reading of "4.4" falls just below what is considered normal and is probably nothing to get worked up about. Leukopenia occurs when your white cell count falls below 4,000 cells/microliter. This is usually seen in people with viral infections, overwhelming bacterial infections and bone marrow disorders. You, at 4,400 cells/microleter still fall above this range. Your count is definitely on the low end, but most likely not cause for alarm.
Also, in most cases if you have a bacterial infection your WBC should be higher than normal with a "shift" evident.
You may want to see your doctor after your feeling better to get a follow-up CBC to determine if it was a stress issue or if something else is going on.
I just had some kidney stone fragments removed in the hospital yesterday and before they were sugically removed, they did a blood test and my WBC was 15. Could that have been from the pain or the stones? Can allergies make it higher because I got pretty stuffed up in my room at the hospital.