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What causes elevated wbc?

Bacterial and viral infections are the most common causes of a high white blood cell count. Fungal or parasitic infections can also increase the number of white blood cells in the blood. The increase in WBCs due to infection is caused by a normal immune system response that stimulates the bone marrow to release stored white blood cells.

What drugs lower WBC? Drugs that may lower your WBC count include: Antibiotics. Anticonvulsants. Antithyroid drugs. Arsenicals. Captopril. Chemotherapy drugs. Chlorpromazine.

What is the reason for increased WBC? Severe physical or emotional stress can also cause an increased WBC count, including stress caused by overexertion and anxiety. Based on a 2012 research review published in the journal “Exercise Immunology Review,” exercise and stress can increase levels of the adrenal hormone cortisol and other hormones.

What medications cause high WBC? Drugs that may increase WBC counts include: Beta adrenergic agonists (for example, albuterol) Corticosteroids. Epinephrine. Granulocyte colony stimulating factor. Heparin. Lithium.

Can I have surgery with an elevated WBC? A: Elevated WBC. Any lab abnormalities should be thoroughly investigated prior to surgery. If after a thorough investigation you are deemed cleared for surgery despite an elevated WBC, it can be safe to proceed, but the decision would be made by your surgeon.