8 Tips for Preventing Infections With Neutropenia

A Vulnerable Time for Infections

White blood cells are the body's chief defense against infection. Neutropenia is a decrease in the number of certain white blood cells called neutrophils. It's a common problem after chemotherapy. With your defenses down, you're more likely to get serious infections. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to reduce this risk.

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Medically Reviewed By: Williams, Robert, MD

Last Annual Review Date: 2012-06-04

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Your neutrophil counts generally start to drop about a week after each round of chemotherapy begins and usually reach a low point about 7 to 14 days after treatment.