When to see a doctor

By Mayo Clinic Staff

Neutropenia doesn't cause obvious symptoms, so it alone probably won't prompt you to go to your doctor. Neutropenia is usually discovered when blood tests are done for other reasons.

Talk to your doctor about what your test results mean. A finding of neutropenia combined with the results from other tests might indicate the cause of your condition. Your doctor also may need to repeat the blood test to confirm your results or order additional tests to find out what's causing your neutropenia.

If you've been diagnosed with neutropenia, call your doctor right away if you develop signs of an infection, which may include:

  • Fever above 100.4 degrees F (38 degrees C)
  • Chills and sweats
  • A new or worsening cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • A mouth sore
  • A sore throat
  • Any changes in urination
  • A stiff neck
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Redness or swelling around any area where skin is broken or cut
  • New vaginal discharge
  • New pain

If you have neutropenia, your doctor may recommend measures to lessen your risk of infection, such as staying up to date on vaccinations, washing your hands regularly and thoroughly, wearing a face mask, and avoiding large crowds and anyone with a cold or other contagious illness.

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Nov. 26, 2020