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Lymphopenia

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Learn what to watch for and how to manage your condition to avoid health problems.

How lymphopenia can affect your health

Lymphopenia can lead to unusual, repeated, and persistent infections. Some rare but serious infections, like sepsis and endocarditis, can be life threatening.

Lymphopenia can also raise your risk of developing allergies and other medical conditions like certain cancer and Autoimmune diseases. To prevent this, it is important to get treatment for any infections you may have. You can also talk to your provider about setting up a plan for regular cancer screening tests and ways to prevent certain cancers.

Manage your condition

Treat and prevent infections

The main risk of lymphopenia is getting unusual infections, repeat infections, or infections that won't go away. If you have the disorder, you may get treatments to prevent infections or to treat infections you already have.

You also can take other steps to prevent infections.

  • Stay away from people who are sick.
  • Avoid large crowds of people.
  • Avoid foods that can expose you to bacteria, such as raw or uncooked meat, poultry, or shellfish, or raw milk.
  • Wash your hands often.
  • Brush and floss your teeth and get regular dental care to lower the risk of infection in your mouth and throat.
  • Ask your provider about vaccines, such as whether you should get a yearly flu shot, COVID-19 vaccine, and the pneumonia vaccine.
  • Talk to your healthcare team before having surgery. Surgery can raise your risk of infection.
  • Talk with your provider about what types of physical activity are safe for you. They may advise you to avoid activities that could result in injuries or increase your risk of infections.
  • Know the signs of an infection, such as a fever. Call your provider right away if you think you have an infection.
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