Neutropenia is a medical condition in which the number of polymorphonuclear leukocytes, also known as neutrophils (a type of white blood cell), in the bloodstream is decreased. Neutrophils are produced in the bone marrow and then released into bloodstream. They are filled with microscopic granules that contain enzymes to digest microorganisms such as fungi, bacteria and viruses. This disease weakens the immune system and affects the body’s ability to fight bacterial and viral infections.
There are numerous factors that may decrease the white blood cell counts. They include inborn disorders of bone marrow function, malnutrition, infections such as HIV, HCV, EBV, HPV, malaria, and tuberculosis, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, pregnancy, birth control pills, aplastic anaemia, leukaemia, myelofibrosis, myelodysplastic syndrome, Kostmann syndrome, Felty’s syndrome and hypersplenism.
The diagnosis is made on the basis of blood test and bone marrow biopsy. Treatment is based upon the severity of disease and underlying cause. Antibiotic medications, corticosteroid therapy, granulocyte transfusions and intravenous immune globulin help improve the white blood cell counts and immune system.
Sufferers of neutropenia should also use a dietary supplement that helps improve immune function. Health Plus Immunade Pack 28 day is a popular brand on the market that offers all-seasoned balanced-state antioxidant versatility to help maintain the health of immune system. It contains vitamins A, C and E, magnesium, calcium, zinc, selenium, molybdenum, natural beta carotene and citrus bioflavonoids in its formulation. It helps fight viruses, opportunistic infections and bugs and protects against free radical damage. Take one sachet with food.