Question by  itsallamile (27)

Do you see a high white blood count in lyme disease patients?


Answer by  mammakat (11147)

Infection causes high WBC, as well high WBC's are very symptomatic of Lyme, and infection and inflammation are symptoms of Lyme. The absence of a high count does not mean Lyme disease is not present. Any time your white blood count is elevated is a heads up to seek out why, but it is not directly indicative of Lyme's disease.


Answer by  lizzy31 (43)

You may see a rise in white blood cells when dealing with systemic lyme disease. However, often this ailment is treated with antibiotics. Antibiotics and anti-inflammatory medications can be linked to an increase in white blood cells. While the wbc is often higher with Lyme disease, whether it is the result of the cause or the treatment is undetermined.


Answer by  TMyers (1084)

Yes, it is very possible to see a high white blood cell count in a lyme disease patient. It is most likely high due to your body fighting the infection.


Answer by  kgrim (510)

It is possible to have a high white blood count but is usually a sign of an infection. The normal count should be betwen 43000 and 108000. Another reason for it to be high is a side effect from medication such as anti-inflamatories or aspirin. If you have a high blood count and no fever it shoud be checked.


Answer by  DactyL (326)

Lyme disease generally lowers the white blood cell count quite dramatically. However, lyme disease does have a host of non-specific symptoms and can be difficult to single out in a diagnosis.

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