When to see a doctorBy Mayo Clinic Staff
Neutropenia is usually found when your doctor orders tests for a condition you're already experiencing. It's rare for neutropenia to be discovered unexpectedly or by chance.
Talk to your doctor about what your test results mean. Neutropenia and results from other tests might indicate the cause of your illness. Or, your doctor may suggest other tests to further check your condition.
Because neutropenia makes you vulnerable to bacterial and fungal infections, your doctor will probably advise certain precautions. These often include wearing a face mask, avoiding anyone with a cold, and washing your hands regularly and thoroughly.
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