A reader has recently posed the question, “Does a low neutrophil count mean I have Candida?” While a low neutrophil count doesn’t necessarily indicate Candida, it can suggest an increased susceptibility to yeast or bacterial infections.
|Topic||Low Neutrophil Count|
|Causes||Genetics, Medications, Others|
|Related Issues||Bacterial & Fungal Infections|
|Recommendations||Consult Healthcare Professional|
Low neutrophil count, also known as neutropenia, pertains to one’s white blood cells. We have two primary types of cells in our blood: red cells and white cells. Among the white cells, neutrophils are prevalent, comprising approximately 75% of all white blood cells. They can be likened to the front-line defense in our immune system, actively seeking out and combating bacteria. If bacteria surpass the neutrophils, our body then depends on other specialized cells, called lymphocytes, to address the threat. Essentially, our immune system has two primary lines of defense: the immediate, front-line defense (neutrophils) and the secondary, specialized defense (lymphocytes).
When neutrophil counts are low, the body is more vulnerable to bacterial infections, and potentially, fungal infections. Some indicators of neutropenia might include conditions like oral thrush, persistent sores, fever, or swollen lymph nodes. It’s crucial to understand that neutrophils don’t showcase the same signs as lymphocytes in the lymphatic system.
So, what causes low neutrophil counts or neutropenia? For some, it’s genetic. They may be inherently predisposed to having low neutrophil levels. However, many acquire neutropenia due to pharmaceutical medications, with frequent rounds of antibiotics being a common culprit. Additionally, medications for thyroid issues or specific heart conditions can also reduce neutrophil counts. Chemotherapy treatments, too, are known to cause neutropenia. If there’s a suspicion that medication might be affecting neutrophil levels, it’s recommended to research potential links between the drug in question and neutropenia. Consulting with a healthcare professional about any concerns is also essential.
In our book, “Candida Crusher,” we further delve into various topics related to Candida and overall health. It’s a valuable resource for those wanting a deeper understanding.
Disclaimer: This article provides general information and insights. It’s essential always to consult with your healthcare professional regarding any health concerns or questions.