The WBCs must be extremely high to require treatment in itself (e.g. 80-500), depending on the white blood cell type. Treatment depends upon the many causes, and is not always required. Bacterial infections usually cause increased WBC counts and may be treated with antibiotics.
Leukaemias may require chemotherapy and other treatments.Low blood counts may also require treatment. Severely low blood counts putting patients at risk of infection (for example after chemotherapy) may require treatment with growth factor injections (GCSF or GMCSF), usually given into the skin.
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