A normal white blood cell count is from 4,500 to 11,000 cells per microliter of blood. White blood cell (WBC) counts fall below normal in some people with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Low WBC counts are most common in people who have more active and severe RA. Low WBC counts are related to more frequent infections in people with RA. The risk of infection increases when the WBC count goes below 2,000 cells per microliter of blood. Low levels of WBCs do not occur with rheumatoid arthritis-related medication use
The white blood cell (WBC) count is a measure of the number of white blood cells in your body. White blood cells are part of your immune system, and they help fight infection. The normal range for WBCs is 4,500 to 11,000 cells per microliter of blood. A microliter is equal to 1 cubic millimeter (mm3), and there are 1,000 mm3 in 1 milliliter (ml).
You might have rheumatoid arthritis (RA), a disease that causes pain and swelling in the joints. RA is an autoimmune disease, which means that your body’s immune system attacks healthy tissue. In RA, this attack happens in your joints, causing inflammation and pain.
People with RA have lower-than-normal white blood cell counts on average—which means their white blood cells are not as active as they would be otherwise. This is likely due to the fact that white blood cells help fight infections in your body like bacteria or viruses by attacking them directly or signaling other types of immune cells to come help out with fighting off the infection.
A low WBC count is most common in people with more severe RA. As well as having fewer white blood cells, their immune system is less able to fight off infection and stop the body from damaging itself.
Low WBC counts are also more likely in people who have more active RA, or flare-ups (also called flares). This means they're getting ill more often and need to take medications that suppress their immune systems.
When the WBC count is low, it's more likely that you'll get an infection. Infections are more common in people with RA than they are in people without RA. This is because your immune system isn't working as well as it should be and so it can't fight off infections as well as usual.
In general, doctors think that having a low WBC count (below 2,000/microliter) means that you have a greater risk of getting an infection. It's not clear yet exactly why this happens but one reason might be because there aren't enough white blood cells around to fight off the germs that cause infections.
The risk of infection increases when the WBC count goes below 2,000 cells per microliter of blood. In fact, it's important that you see your doctor if your WBC count drops below this level. The risk of infection is higher in people with rheumatoid arthritis than in people without rheumatoid arthritis.
The low levels of WBCs are related to RA and not the use of RA medications. Low levels of WBCs can also occur with more severe RA and more frequent infections.
It's not normal for a healthy person to have a WBC count that is below 2.
If you have an extremely low number of white blood cells, it can be an indication of something serious. A low WBC count can indicate:
WBC is the acronym for white blood cells. They are part of the immune system and help fight infections by invading and destroying foreign invaders such as bacteria and viruses.
WBCs are produced in the bone marrow, which is an organ located in your bones. There are five types of WBC's: neutrophils (the most common), eosinophils, basophils, lymphocytes, or monocytes.
When you have too many WBCs it can cause a condition called leukocytosis, where there is an increase in granulocytes (a type of white blood cell) within your blood stream than normal levels would be seen under ordinary circumstances; this can lead to increased susceptibility to infections because there aren't enough healthy cells available to fight off an infection if one occurs at all!
A normal range of the white blood cell count in a healthy person is 4,500 to 10,000 WBCs per microliter of blood.
White blood cells are responsible for fighting and protecting the body from foreign invaders like bacteria and viruses. A low WBC count could indicate an infection, while a high WBC count could mean that you have an autoimmune disorder or leukemia.
If your WBC count is abnormally low, it’s important that you see a doctor right away. Your doctor will determine the cause of your low WBC and will advise you on how to manage it. If your WBC count is very low, it may mean that there are certain things that make it difficult for you to fight infections or heal wounds.
If you have a low WBC, here are some steps that can help:
White blood cells, or leukocytes, are responsible for fighting infection and disease in the body. They are produced by the bone marrow. Some of these white blood cells attack bacteria and viruses that enter the body; others work to destroy cancer cells. If you have more than 10,000 white blood cells per microliter of blood (which is considered normal), it could indicate a fever, infection or other condition that needs treatment.
You may also notice an increase in certain types of white blood cells if you have an autoimmune disease like lupus or rheumatoid arthritis; however, this can vary depending on which autoimmune disorder you have and its severity
A low WBC count in white blood cells means the body is not able to defend itself properly against any disease or infection that may cause it harm. This can include cancer, HIV/AIDS, treatment with chemotherapy and radiation therapy, or other diseases.
A low count in white blood cells can also indicate a bone marrow disorder known as myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS). MDS is a condition in which there are abnormal changes in the bone marrow caused by damage to normal blood-forming cells called stem cells.
We hope that this article has helped you understand what a low WBC count is and the risk factors associated with it. If you think your WBC count might be low, it’s important to talk to your doctor. He or she may recommend additional testing to confirm if there is a problem, such as anemia or infections. If you have RA and are experiencing symptoms such as fatigue or fever, speak with your doctor immediately so that he or she can determine if treatment is needed.