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Old 06-11-2004, 10:37 PM   #1
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How about a high white blood count?

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Old 06-13-2004, 10:53 PM   #2
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Re: Can allergies cause a elevated White Blood Count????

Allergies are directly related to white blood cells - allergies are caused by the immune response by the antibody Immunoglobulin-E, which, like all antibodies, are produced by white blood cells known as B cells. The binding of IgE to the allergen (pollen, food, metal, insect venom, or whatever else is causing it) stimulates mast cells into releasing histamines (hence the class of drugs, 'antihistamines'). This mast cell activation elicits further immune response, e.g. increased white blood cell proliferation.

Have you seen a doctor? What did he say about your condition? There are a number of things that could be going on. Have you taken any over-the-counter medicine or been prescribed anything (aside from taking one of your husband's Allegra tablets)? Looked into the condition of your bathroom floor (most notably, what's underneath it)?

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Old 06-14-2004, 07:41 AM   #3
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Re: Can allergies cause a elevated White Blood Count????

Allegra would still help, as you could simply have allergies or other problems alleviated by an antihistamine. Those are very high counts, and I'd trust the doctor on that one. I don't think allergies would elevate your blood count that much on their own; seems there is at least something else going on.

Old 06-16-2004, 05:20 AM   #4
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by too many immature red blood cells

Originally Posted by angela_1024
How about a high white blood count? Can allergies cause a high white blood count?

I have had a soar throat for some time and stuffy nose, runny nose, ichy eyes ect. I have noticed that I feel better when I leave my home soar throat goes away no stuffy nose ect. wbc has been anywere between 10-16 thousand in the past year. That just worries me a bit, as soon as fall came my white blood count dropped to almost normal, I think it may be allergies but others say no. Any advise or input would be great......
Some of these symptoms indicate a possible over exposure to a chemical like 2-butoxyethanol (ethylene glycol monobutyl ether). The eyes are the primary exposure; these other symptoms are ways a body reacts to too much of a chemical exposure.... even allergies are. Do you do something differently in the fall than you do in the summer? This chemical is in lots of things. What are you doing when your eyes burn and hurt?

What I need to share is that if there are too many immature red blood cells it gives an abnormally elevated white blood cell count. So, this count has to be taken manually, by microscope, not by computer to get an accurate count

Check for info on hemolytic anemia & there are quite a few tests that don't read right when there are too many immature red blood cells, including liver counts

Sounds like your exposure stops in the fall - but do you feel really tired? ... and have other symptoms like headache, grouchy personality, difficulty concentrating & such?

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Old 06-16-2004, 05:59 AM   #5
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Re: Can allergies cause a elevated White Blood Count????

Do you an allergist near you? Try to get an appointment and have them checked. My son and I both have allergies to molds. Since he has began treatment he is doing somewhat better. You can do testing of your home to see if there is a dangerous amount of molds that needs to be dealt with. I just went through this and used a lab recommended by my allergist. Commonwealth labs. They have a website you can visit. We rented an aerovent air quality machine that took air samples to see what molds and levels. Cost around $140. If you hire someone to do this its much more expensive. You may be able to do simpler and less expensive if you can actually see mold growing. We could not. They will give very good instructions and I even called as I was doing to make sure I was correct. Luckily ours were not high enough to have much done. Every house has mold. We also had water leak into basement from old gutters/french drains which were are currenttly fixing. Our biggest mold in our home was from wood spores. Our home is 80+ years, but they assured me the levels were not high (7) and no need to worry until they are in upper hundreds/thousands. Even brand new homes have some forms of mold, and they can be the most dangerous. Since we have invested in Hepa air cleaners for our bedrooms, we have all been feeling and sleeping better.
We also run dehumidifiers in our basement.
Good luck.

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