When to see a doctor

By Mayo Clinic Staff

Neutropenia is rarely an unexpected finding or simply discovered by chance. It's usually found on a white blood cell count that has been ordered to help diagnose a condition you're already experiencing. Talk to your doctor about what these results mean. The presence of neutropenia and results from other tests may already indicate the cause of your illness, or your doctor may suggest other tests to check your condition.

Because neutropenia makes you vulnerable to bacterial and fungal infections, take precautions to avoid these organisms. Wear a face mask, avoid anyone with a cold, and wash your hands regularly and thoroughly.

Jan. 24, 2013