James Thompson, M.D.

Health Professional, Medical Reviewer

Dr. Thompson completed medical school and specialty training in allergy and immunology at Washington University in Saint Louis. He is board certified in Internal Medicine, Allergy and Immunology. He sees adults and children in Chicago and greater Chicago area. He is also certified in Integrative Nutrition Coaching. Dr. Thompson is dedicated to incorporating holistic nutrition concepts into the treatment of asthma and other allergic diseases in order to achieve better health and reduce the need for medications.

Latest by James Thompson, M.D.

Doctor explaining chronic hives to a stressed young man.
Living With

Even Your Doctor Might Not Understand Chronic Hives

Despite comprehensive testing, doctors are unable to determine the cause of chronic hives 80 to 90 percent of the time. The good news is chronic hives is less difficult to manage now compared to 20 years ago. The key is knowing your trigger points.

Doctor explaining treatment options for chronic hives.

Diagnosing and Treating CIU

Some chronic hives patients go through years of hopping from one doctor to another, searching for the cause of their recurring welts, itching, and/or swelling.

Girl with a rash on her face.

Treating Moderate to Severe Eczema

Dr. James Thompson shares his advice on how to properly care for eczema that is past its early stages, and has grown moderate or severe.

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8 Tips to Prevent Severe Anaphylaxis

Start with a comprehensive evaluation with your doctor to confirm what your allergy triggers are and how to avoid them.

Woman frustrated because her chronic hives medications aren't working.
Alternative Treatment

When Medication Doesn't Help Chronic Hives

Take this test to see if your chronic hives are under control. If not, you may need to look beyond medication.

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Are You Ready for Ragweed Season?

Just when you thought the worst of summer allergies was over, ragweed season is about to kick in. Here are tips to help reduce the misery.

Woman itching her hand.

Why Hives and Swelling Go Hand in Hand

Here’s the science behind why that happens.

Doctor and patient getting initial questions out.
Newly Diagnosed

How To Prepare for a Chronic Hives Diagnosis?

Knowing the answers to the these 20 questions can help find the best treatment for your chronic urticaria.

Teen using once a day asthma inhaler.

New Developments: Once Daily Inhalers to Control Asthma

Less is more when it comes to the maintenance of asthma with controller medications. Believe it or not, in the late 1980s, patients were instructed to take controller inhalers (for example Vanceril) four puffs three times daily.

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Allergic Eye Reactions Include Dryness

Instead of watery eyes, this year you may find your eyes are unusually dry. Could it be allergies or something else?