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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.

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Here Are the New Guidelines for Flu Syndrome and Pneumonia

Recently, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) changed their recommendations on how often and when to vaccinate for pneumonia and the flu, as well as which vaccines to give.

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Skin Health

Managing Skin Allergies

Nickel, latex, household chemicals and more can cause skin irritation. Here’s how to prevent an allergic reaction to common irritants.

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.

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Diagnosis

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.

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Complications

Yes, You Can Exercise With Asthma

Use these tips for getting better exercise while managing asthma to help you to stay healthy and keep moving.

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Want a Better Relationship With Your Child's Asthma Doctor? Just Ask

Communication is the key to a good relationship with your child’s doctor. Even more importantly, it may also play a role in better outcomes for your child.

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Lifestyle

5 Tips for Staying on Top of Asthma

Here are five of my favorite tips for dealing with asthma so that you’ll have a healthier year ahead.

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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.

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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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Why Hives and Swelling Go Hand in Hand

Here’s the science behind why that happens.