Are you worried about your Lymphocytosis (High White Blood Cell Count)?
If you have a low white blood cell count you may experience frequent infections or illnesses due to a weakened immune system, some of these may be severe or prolonged, making you susceptible to infections caused by the natural bacteria that live inside your mouth or digestive tract. You will likely feel very lethargic and run down, often experiencing mouth ulcers and sore throats, toothache, skin rashes, chills, or shivering and a high fever. In contrast a high white blood cell count is often asymptomatic, and it may not be immediately obvious that your levels are raised. In many cases a high white blood cell count is not an indication of a serious illness but a sign of recent infection, in this case the blood cell count should return to previous levels and there will be no need for further action. Unfortunately, in some cases Lymphocytosis may be a sign of a very serious and life threatening, underlying condition such as Chronic lymphocytic leukaemia, serious infections like hepatitis or HIV/AIDS and syphilis.
A high lymphocyte count found in your blood tests will likely be found unexpectedly because of unrelated investigations. It will usually take several blood tests over several weeks or months to determine if your elevated levels are temporary or not. Your doctor will then discuss your personal circumstances and take your history in to account when explaining the options available if further investigation is warranted.
If you are diagnosed with Lymphocytosis following repeated blood tests then you may need further testing to establish the cause, this could include bone marrow testing, the extraction of a sample of bone marrow for testing, image testing, or alternative blood tests to ascertain the condition of your liver and kidneys. Treatments for Lymphocytosis will depend on the underlying cause and the symptoms you are experiencing and will vary heavily and your doctor will discuss all your options going forward.
Here at VIDA we have expert clinicians on hand to help diagnose and treat your condition. To find out more about these services, we recommend visiting the following pages:
- Acute lymphocytic leukemia
- Chronic lymphocytic leukemia
- Cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection
- Hepatitis A
- Hepatitis B
- Hepatitis C
- Hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid)
- Other viral infections
- Whooping cough