Could someone please explain in very plain English to someone (me!) who didn't do well in GCSE Biology what your neutrophil and white blood cells counts are and what it means is they are abnormal (high)?
Basically I've had some very odd/high readings of these on repeated recent blood tests alongside just feeling pretty ill (sort of mild fluy). The high readings I had last time I was in hospital were put down to being on a high dose of Prednisolone, but my GPs wondering if there's something else going on (but doesn't know what) and has asked me to discuss it with my respiratory consultant this week. The thing is, I don't really understand what it is I'm supposed to be discussing as I really wasn't taking in what my GP was saying. She was talking about one being an umbrella of another, but I don't understand what she means by this.
Any help in understanding what these are, if abnormal levels are *just* down to being on long-term high dose Pred and how they relate to my asthma (which I'm currently having problems getting control over, even on the Pred) would be really appreciated, thanks.