Julie and I are on the same page, but my comment should have been more explanatory.
The different WBC types (Neutrophils or Polys, Lymphocytes, Monocytes, Eosinophils, and Basophils) are all reported by their percentages in the blood. By definition, then, all the numbers must add up to 100%.
So if a person has a bacterial infection, the neutrophils may sky-rocket to more than 90% or so. This means that the rest of the cell count percents must fall so that the sum is still 100%.
Julie is right that the more critical number is the Absolute count. This number is achieved by multiplying the percentage of that cell type times the total white cell count. If the Lymphs are a little low, one would look to the total count and also see if any other type is a higher % than usual. If the total WBC is very high, like 20,000 (as you would see in some infections, a low lymphocyte count might still have a normal absolute count.
The upshot here is that we can not look at a single number in a CBC and be able to say much about it. Only by looking at all the numbers do we get a sense that something is ou-of-whack (official medical term).
MY LYMPHOCYTES WERE RECENTLY WELL BELOW THE REF RANGE AT 5, my absolute lymphs were low also...this worries me as isn't this an increased risk of infection for me?
The kids just want back to school, and I am concerned.
There is no reason to worry. You need to follow neutropenic safety precautions. Look on the web.Lots of hand washing and hand sanitizer. No raw vegetables. Watch for fever 101 and over. You do not have to wear a mask unless you are around sick people, hand washing is more important. Let other people open doors, elevator buttons and/ or use hand sanitizer. You do not need to be freaked out. I am on chemo all the time and so neutropenic. They give me neulasta shots which is ecoli to rev up your immune system. I do not like them. I also have a port going to my vena clava so I have to be more careful. Most of the time I am fine. My husband gets sick more than. I even got a cold at my sickest from being in the hospital and C-diff. I just wash my hands and use hand sanitizer. When I feel myself getting sick I gargle with salt water , use saline rinse for my nose, drink alot of water to flush out germs, and drink a lot of Pau-d- arco tea. Pau-d-arco comes from the Amazon and boosts the immune system. Colds usually last 2-4 days with these steps. Drinking lots of water is also important. Water flushes out germs.
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