Suggestions on how to improve white blood cells
Some types of white blood cells are:
- Eosinophils - they help with allergic responses as well as attack and kill parasites and cancer cells.
- Basophils - produce histamine during an allergic reaction
- Neutrophils - fight infection by killing and digesting bacteria and fungi
- Monocytes - help to break down bacteria
What Causes White Blood Cells to Be Low?
If your white blood cell count is slightly low, it may be a result of fatigue and stress. Typically, your body will resolve this on its own after some much-needed rest and nutrition. Your doctor may repeat a blood test just to be sure though.
When white blood cell count is too low it can no longer fight infection. This can result in a condition known as leukopenia. There are different types of leukopenia depending on which type of white blood cell you’re low in. For example, if your blood is low in neutrophils, the type of leukopenia is known as neutropenia. Neutrophils are the white blood cells that protect you from bacteria and fungal infections.
Other conditions may produce a low white blood cell count. You may be on some medications or radiation therapy that can lower your amount of white blood cells. Your doctor will be monitoring you in those instances already.
A drastic result in low white blood count can be related to additional diseases such as cancer, liver disease, lupus, autoimmune disorders, HIV, lupus, and additional infections within your body.
Not every low white blood cell count is related to these diseases; however, diseases are not to be excluded, and depending on the low range of your results, doctors will lead you in the right direction.
A drop in white blood cell count can also be as a result of the following:
- Viral infections
- Alcohol abuse
- Poor nutrition
- Medications like antibiotics
- Autoimmune disorders
- Congenital diseases
When you have a low white blood cell count, you may notice signs of infection like a high fever, chills, and sweating. If your white blood cell is low due to infection, you may also notice a sore throat, cough, and shortness of breath.