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Neutropenic Precautions

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Apr 2, 2024.

What are neutropenic precautions?

Neutropenic precautions are steps you can take to prevent infections if you have moderate to severe neutropenia. Neutropenia is a condition that causes you to have low neutrophils in your blood. Neutrophils are a type of white blood cell that help your body fight infection and bacteria. Ask your healthcare provider for more information on neutropenia.

What precautions can I take to prevent infections?

Stay away from crowds and people who are sick. This will decrease your risk of infections that can be passed to you from others. The following are other ways to prevent infections:

What precautions do I need to take with my food?

Eat foods that are high in calories, protein, and vitamins to help you heal. Eat only foods that are pasteurized. You can get infections from food or drinks while your neutrophils are low. Follow these and any other precautions from your healthcare provider:

When should I seek immediate care?

When should I contact my healthcare provider?

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