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Blood tests low white count

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Katyj Tue 12-Oct-21 10:42:25

Hi. had a blood test last week as I’m on bp tablets, everything okay apart from my white blood count is low 3.58.
I’m worrying now as I can’t have them repeated for another month. Anyone else had this.

CafeAuLait Tue 12-Oct-21 10:48:12

If that's the WBC then it's just a little below the range (4 is the bottom, right?). If so, I wouldn't worry too much. Sometimes numbers can be a bit out of range temporarily and it's not an issue. My doctor said that sometimes there's a little variability in counting too. What did your doctor say? I'm not medically trained but this is my understanding. That said, I'd probably worry if it were me, even though it's probably nothing and I'd know it.

Peasblossom Tue 12-Oct-21 10:59:49

White blood cells fight infection and die in the process, so it may just mean yours have been busy recently.

As your count is low do your best to avoid any kind of infection and contact your doctor if you get one. You may need antibiotics or antivirals to support your blood cells.

Another blood test in a month should be enough unless you get ill with something.

It might just be one of the inevitable consequences of old age. Our stem cells get tired and our blood just isn’t as good as it used to be🙁

Katyj Tue 12-Oct-21 11:04:42

Oh I’m a right worry wort. The receptionist said I don’t need to see the Dr just a repeat blood test in a month 🤞I had that cold virus that’s going about three weeks ago, thought it was COVID but had a negative PCR maybe it’s that. Just hope I don’t catch anything else.

Peasblossom Tue 12-Oct-21 11:35:37

Probably the cold virus using them up plus being older (maybe) means it takes longer to get back to normal 🙂

Katyj Tue 12-Oct-21 11:55:49

Thank you ladies, the panic is subsiding 🙈 I’ll let you know what the next results are, it might be useful to someone else.

BlueSky Tue 12-Oct-21 12:05:57

Katyj yes probably the cold but I’m just like yourself. I’ve stopped looking up my results as even when the GP didn’t mention them, I still googled them and worry they were borderline high/low!

Katyj Tue 12-Oct-21 13:53:37

Ha I do that BlueSky. But it’s a good thing if the GP didn’t say anything. I’ve just read that stress can cause low white count too. Says it all really 🙄

jeanie99 Sun 17-Oct-21 23:45:38

I have a low white blood count have had it for years at least 12 years. GP said this must be normal for me but he's never done any follow up for me.
I'm not sure if there is anything you can do about it.

Katyj Mon 18-Oct-21 14:48:47

Hi Jeanie. Do you seem to catch a lot of viruses ? I’m wondering if my blood count is normally low, I have no way of telling really this is the first time the Gp has said anything about it.