The Relationship Between Leukocyte Levels And Cough With Phlegm And Shortness Of Breath?
Doctor’s night, I want to ask, so my sister, 25 years old, has had a fever, cough with phlegm, and also has difficulty breathing since a week ago. Already had time to do a lab test, and the results are as follows:
Hello, Thank you for the question.
Coughing is a defense mechanism for the digestive tract against mucus, foreign bodies, or irritants in the respiratory tract. These complaints can be accompanied by other complaints such as colds, fever, shortness of breath, chest pain, excessive sweating, weight loss, and decreased appetite. Fever is one of the body's responses due to an infection in the body. If the cough is accompanied by fever, it is usually considered the possibility of an infection of the respiratory tract as the cause of this complaint. Cough and fever can be caused by various conditions such as upper respiratory infections, pneumonia, tuberculosis, bronchitis, and others. To find out the cause of your sister's complaint, apart from the need for a doctor's examination, the doctor will also perform blood tests, sputum checks, and X-rays. X-rays are taken to determine whether the source of this infection comes from the lungs.
Blood tests show elevated levels of leukocytes / white blood cells. In general, the number of white blood cells will increase if there is a bacterial infection in the body. With these results, it was found that the cause of the cough, shortness of breath, and fever experienced by your brother was a bacterial infection of the respiratory tract.
Please advise your sister to consult further with the doctor who carried out this examination so that the doctor can provide a more complete explanation of your sister's condition. The doctor will provide appropriate treatment according to the medical condition experienced by your brother.
Please encourage your sister to:
maintain a healthy body by increasing consumption of nutritious foods, exercising regularly, getting enough rest
avoiding infection to other people by always covering the mouth when coughing and always washing hands afterward and avoiding spitting up randomly
Hope this information is useful.