Preventing Infections When Your White Blood Cell Count Is Low
This two-page handout educates people about ways to prevent infection if you have a low white blood cell (WBC) count, which is also called neutropenia. It explains that illness or treatments such as chemotherapy or radiation therapy can cause a low WBC count, and clarifies that persons receiving cancer treatments should check their temperature twice a day since fever can be their only sign of infection. The document provides a list of ways to help prevent infection, including recommendations for personal hygiene and food safety. It identifies those symptoms for which a doctor should be called immediately.
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