Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.

Boosting White Blood Cell Count

Monday, 28 November 2011 08:15 AM

Question: My blood test shows my white blood cell count to be slightly low. What can I do to boost it?
Dr. Hibberd's Answer:
White blood cells (WBC) fight infection, and we have established normal ranges that vary depending on age. A borderline low WBC count such as yours most often is associated with a viral infection or drug effect, and observation and close monitoring is usually recommended. While vitamin and mineral deficiencies may lower WBC, other types of cells are also usually affected.
If your WBC level stays low or is trending down, consider an evaluation by a hematologist to be sure it doesn't indicate the onset of a more serious disorder. Your blood will be examined to look for indications of more serious conditions (such as leukemia and lymphoma) that affect bone marrow function. So, see your doctor for further evaluation and do not waste time and money by randomly taking supplements.

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