Leukocytosis

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW:

Leukocytosis is a condition that causes you to have too many white blood cells (WBC). WBCs are part of your immune system and help fight infections and diseases.

AFTER YOU LEAVE:

Medicines:

  • Medicines may be given to decrease inflammation or treat an infection. You may also be given medicine to decrease acid levels in your body or urine.

  • Take your medicine as directed. Contact your primary healthcare provider (PHP) if you think your medicine is not helping or you have side effects. Tell him if you are allergic to any medicine. Keep a list of the medicines, vitamins, and herbs you take. Include the amounts, and when and why you take them. Bring the list or the pill bottles to follow-up visits. Carry your medicine list with you in case of an emergency.

Follow up with your PHP as directed:

You may need more tests or treatment. You may also be referred to a specialist. Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

Do not smoke:

If you smoke, it is never too late to quit. Ask for information about how to stop smoking if you need help.

Contact your PHP or specialist if:

  • You have a fever.

  • You bruise or bleed easily.

  • You are nauseated, lose weight without trying, or have a poor appetite.

  • You feel weak, tired, or sick.

  • You are a man and you have a painful erection that lasts longer than usual.

  • You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.

Seek care immediately or call 911 if:

  • You have any of the following signs of a stroke:

    • Part of your face droops or is numb

    • Weakness in an arm or leg

    • Confusion or difficulty speaking

    • Dizziness, a severe headache, or vision loss

  • You have chest pain or trouble breathing.

  • You have bleeding that does not stop.

  • You have new pain or tingling in your arms, legs, or abdomen.

  • You have sudden back pain.

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The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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