White Blood Cell count?

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   Posted 8/19/2011 4:13 PM (GMT -6)   
Just wanted to hear from some others on this:

My white blood cell count has been high consistently for several years now. The dr's always suggest I might have had a cold when having my blood checked, but ... no that's not the case, lol.

Is this ever a cause for concern? As I understand it, they are high because I'm "inflamed" and my immune system is over-acting.... I'm just thinking, shouldn't we get them back down at some point, or is it harmless?

It just always creeps me out a little bit.
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   Posted 8/19/2011 4:19 PM (GMT -6)   
I don't have the answer, but mine is usually high, too. The doc usually shrugs and smiles and says, "Oh, I guess you have some inflammation going on somewhere...."

I figure I ought to purse this, but... I've got so much going on, it just doesn't make my "to do" list.
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   Posted 8/20/2011 12:30 AM (GMT -6)   
High count is a sign of inflammation but it depends how high it is for it to be a consideration. How high is it? There are medications that can help to lowwer wbc and inflammation. Such medications are called immunosupressants.
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