Low White Blood Cell Count

by Fitcoachion | Last Updated: July 22, 2020


White blood cells are produced by your bone marrow to help your body fight infection. If you have fewer than normal white blood cells, you have a higher risk of getting an infection. When you have a low white blood cell count, your immune system isn’t working as well as it should. Doctors call this “immunocompromised.” If you’re immunocompromised, you have a higher risk of getting sick from a bacterium or virus that doesn’t affect people with a healthy immune system.

Breast cancer treatments that can lower your white blood cell count:

If you get an infection because you have a low white blood cell count, your symptoms may include:

Boosting your white blood cell count

If you have a low white blood cell count, your doctor can prescribe medicines to help stimulate your immune system after each round of chemotherapy. Your doctor also may decide to stop your chemotherapy treatment for a little while so your body can recover and make more white blood cells.

Things to consider if you have a low white blood cell count

If you have a low white blood cell count, consider taking the following steps to avoid infection:

Learn more on our Eating When You Have a Weakened Immune System page.

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