What conditions can cause a high white blood cell count?
If you have a bacterial infection, the white blood cell count may increase. In some conditions, such as appendicitis, the white blood cell count increases. In mononucleosis, the lymphocyte count tends to increase. Other diseases or conditions may reflect a similar unique presence or absence of certain cell types. What if your white blood cell count is low? Certain conditions can suppress the white cell production in the bone marrow. Viral infections, exposure to certain chemicals (such as benzene or other carcinogens) or radiation and chemotherapy can all reduce your white cell count. And then there are some diseases such as aplastic anemia that are associated with low white blood cell counts because your bone marrow stops producing these cells. Why does a low red blood cell count or hemoglobin value mean? A low hemoglobin or hematocrit might mean you are anemic. Hemoglobin is a molecule of protein, but also includes a component consisting of iron. If your iron intake is low or if you