Latest by James Thompson, M.D.

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.

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Why Hives and Swelling Go Hand in Hand

Here’s the science behind why that happens.

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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?

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The Right Way to Use Your Inhaler

There’s a right way and a wrong way to use an inhaler. A surprising number of people do it the wrong way.

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Reduce Your Exposure to Pollen

Allergic to pollen? Use this expert guide from Dr. James Thompson to find relief.

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Allergy Season: Is Climate Change to Blame?

Scientists believe climate change caused by greenhouse gases are causing more severe allergy seasons. Find out what you can do.

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Is Asthma Another Reason to Breastfeed?

New research suggests that breastfeeding may help reduce a child’s risk of developing asthma.