Dr. James Cunnar

Family Medicine
Naperville, IL
29 years experience male

Locations

DuPage Family Medicine

Naperville, IL

Address

2272 W. 95th St. , Suite 325, Naperville, IL
Directions

Fax

6307784755

Insurances accepted

Aetna

BlueCross BlueShield

Cigna

Medicare

UnitedHealthcare

Aetna Life Insurance Company

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois

Office

Naperville, IL

About

Bio

Fiercely independent. Believe that smaller practices deliver a more personal healthcare experience than big box medicine. I enjoy all aspects of family medicine, from newborn care to geriatrics.

Specialties
Doctors may have more than one area of specialty interest. Board certification in a specialty area means the doctor has completed formal training and has practice experience in that specialty, and has passed the certification examination from the corresponding accredited medical specialty board.

Family Medicine

Licenses

United States: Illinois

Languages spoken

German

Doctor Q&A

410 Answers
86 Agrees
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Cunnar
Family Medicine 29 years experience
A number of things: Ok - here we go: gas, hernia, kidney stone, diverticulitis, stomach flu, shingles, abdominal muscle strain, constipation, ovarian cyst, mittelschmerz... Read More
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Cunnar
Family Medicine 29 years experience
Be consistent: Here are some tips - 1) turn off tv/computer one hour before wanting to sleep. 2) quiet music is ok. 3) no caffeine for 8 hours prior to going to... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Cunnar
Family Medicine 29 years experience
4-6 weeks: Typical treatments for shoulder tendonitis include use of anti-inflammatory medicines, rest of the joint, and possibly physical therapy. Avoiding the... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Cunnar
Family Medicine 29 years experience
Let dry for 30 mins: Agree with all of dr. Stuarts recommendations, but would include leaving the sunblock dry for a minimum of 30 minutes to ensure maximum protection.
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Cunnar
Family Medicine 29 years experience
6: Erect. Flaccid, 1.5 to 2 inches.
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Cunnar
Family Medicine 29 years experience
More than you think: The health benefits of low-calorie diets have a lot of science behind them. Recent animal research has shown that low calorie intake over an extended... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Cunnar
Family Medicine 29 years experience
Normal: Erratic menstruation is normal (from time to time). There are a number of causes, but usually, it just "happens". Don't be too concerned about it. ... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Cunnar
Family Medicine 29 years experience
Sure...: There are a number of medicines for nerve pain. These include Gabapentin (neurontin), Elavil (amitriptyline) and the tricyclic antidepressant class, ... Read More
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A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Cunnar
Family Medicine 29 years experience
Yes: As long as it is done gently, bulb suctioning is a common and safe practice. Babies usually don't like it though.
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Cunnar
Family Medicine 29 years experience
Depends on diagnosis: There are a number of other vesicare-like medication that you can try. The nighttime urination that you struggle with could be due to any number of i... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. James Cunnar
Family Medicine 29 years experience
Depends: This is a good question. Geographic location plays an important role in these decision. There are different resistance patterns in different communi... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Cunnar
Family Medicine 29 years experience
Ultrasound/LFTs: Usually, the first sign of fatty liver is a slight elevation of liver enzymes called transaminases. If we find these on routine screening, we'll conf... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Cunnar
Family Medicine 29 years experience
Yes: Tummy tuck after significant weight loss is a common procedure. Your blood pressure is borderline, but shouldn't preclude you from having the procedu... Read More
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Cunnar
Family Medicine 29 years experience
That's tough: I'm assuming this was for the chicago marathon. Rest is key. To keep training you can do training in a pool, to take the strain off the lower leg. ... Read More
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A 35-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Cunnar
Family Medicine 29 years experience
It shouldn't: Insomnia/sleep deprivation should not cause an abnormally elevated TSH level. Remember, high TSH levels mean your thyroid is under active.
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Cunnar
Family Medicine 29 years experience
Finger tingling: I will comment on the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome, or cts. Cts is when the median nerve becomes "pinched" within the carpal tunnel, which is i... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Cunnar
Family Medicine 29 years experience
Depends on fracture: "broken foot" could mean many different things. Most fractures will heal within 6-8 weeks if the patient follows the guidelines laid out by the treat... Read More
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A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Cunnar
Family Medicine 29 years experience
Many things: Here is the list - osteoarthritis, gout, strain, labral tear, inguinal hernia, sports hernia, avascular necrosis, bone contusion, tendonitis/bursitis,... Read More
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Cunnar
Family Medicine 29 years experience
Many things: Here is the list - pityriasis rosea, eczema, pyogenic granuloma, etc. Skin issues are difficult to diagnoses without seeing them - if it persists, se... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Cunnar
Family Medicine 29 years experience
At any time: Malodorous body parts are due to bacteria, not a medical condition. It is ok for your daughter to use underarm deodorant at any time. Try not to m... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Cunnar
Family Medicine 29 years experience
Usually 72 hrs: The peak of withdraw usually occurs within the first 72 hours, gradually tapering over 5 to 7 days. A few patients withdraw over months, but this is ... Read More
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A 41-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Cunnar
Family Medicine 29 years experience
Sebum: These sound like small sebum filled cysts. They are different than pimples. I wouldn't manipulate them - sometimes, if you probe or poke them, they ... Read More
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A 18-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Cunnar
Family Medicine 29 years experience
Sure: It's not just possible, it's easy to do. All you have to do is step wrong, get out of a chair awkwardly, or slip.
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Cunnar
Family Medicine 29 years experience
It's available: For decades, and for decades into the future, alcohol will remain an issue for those who are not of age because of it's availability, the social natur... Read More
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A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Cunnar
Family Medicine 29 years experience
Sure: Make sure you aren't taking too much iron. If you are a male taking iron supplements, i would confirm you need to take them. Because men don't menst... Read More
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Cunnar
Family Medicine 29 years experience
Better than tobacco: I wouldn't say that electronic cigarettes are "good" for your health, but electronic cigarettes do not contain the carcinogens that tobacco smoke have... Read More
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A 18-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Cunnar
Family Medicine 29 years experience
Unfortunately it can: There are metabolites in tobacco smoke with can increase metabolism, augmenting weight loss. When people quit smoking, it is pertinent that they incr... Read More
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Cunnar
Family Medicine 29 years experience
Therapy/nutrition: It is pertinent that your grandmother follow her physical therapists recommendations to the t. Also, it is vital that her nutritional status is evalua... Read More
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Cunnar
Family Medicine 29 years experience
Antihistamines +: Allergies can vary from year to year, depending on weather/wind patterns. For sneezing and drippy nose - take an antihistamine (claritin, etc), if th... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Cunnar
Family Medicine 29 years experience
No: It is common for some women to bleed after intercourse. Minor trauma from the act of intercourse can cause a small amount of bleeding from the extern... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Cunnar
Family Medicine 29 years experience
No: Fetal movement is a good thing. As long as you don't have any vaginal bleeding or discharge, excessive fetal movement is not concerning.
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A member asked:
Dr. James Cunnar
Family Medicine 29 years experience
A few: The most common side effects are nausea and vivid dreams. There is data that Chantix can cause irrational thoughts, possibly increasing the risk of s... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Cunnar
Family Medicine 29 years experience
Depends: The answer is complex, with the age of the child playing a role. There are stimulant medicines (ritalin, etc) and non-stimulant medicines (strattera (... Read More
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A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Cunnar
Family Medicine 29 years experience
Usually nothing: For the majority of patients, high blood pressure is silent. Sometimes, when pressures are high enough, patients will feel tired or have a headache. ... Read More
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A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Cunnar
Family Medicine 29 years experience
HGB A1C test: Your father is likely glucose intolerant. The next step is to get a hemoglobin A1c (or glycohemoglobin) test. It is a 3 month snapshot of his averag... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Cunnar
Family Medicine 29 years experience
Genetics: This is a complex question. No doubt genetics plays a major role in this. Your sex is a variable (men tend to gain around the center, women hips/thi... Read More
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Cunnar
Family Medicine 29 years experience
No: But, you can be allergic to the additives that are used to cut the vitamin.
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Cunnar
Family Medicine 29 years experience
Mucocele: Sounds like you have a mucocele. This is a collection of fluid in the lip. It should resolve within a few weeks. Keep an emollient on your lips - t... Read More
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A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Cunnar
Family Medicine 29 years experience
Unlikely: Hepatitis a does cause some inflammation of the liver, but unlike hep b or c, does not cause ongoing chronic inflammation ("hepatitis"). It is a self... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Cunnar
Family Medicine 29 years experience
Bloody show?: You may be in labor! congratulations! what you describe could be bloody show, which occurs just before labor starts. Call your OB and let them ... Read More
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A 45-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Cunnar
Family Medicine 29 years experience
RF - rheum arthritis: You could have rheumatoid factor negative (rf-) rheumatoid arthritis. Not likely gout without crystals in fluid. Other possibilities are pseudo gout o... Read More
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Cunnar
Family Medicine 29 years experience
Sure: Sometimes, the "cobblestoning" you described is caused by a combination of post-nasal drip and direct effect of the allergen on the mucosa of the back... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Cunnar
Family Medicine 29 years experience
See your doctor: You should see your physician to make sure you don't have a bacterial skin infection such as mrsa.
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Cunnar
Family Medicine 29 years experience
Open then thin: A topical decongestant like afrin or neosynephrine will open the sinus ostea, while a mucus thinner like Mucinex (guaifenesin) will allow/help the sin... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Cunnar
Family Medicine 29 years experience
Probably not: Rule in medicine - common things are common, rare things are rare. Als is rare. It doesn't mean you don't have it, but the likelihood is really low.... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. James Cunnar
Family Medicine 29 years experience
A number of things: Sounds like you have an infection of some sort. Push fluids, take Acetaminophen for the fever and get rest. If the symptoms persist seek care for a de... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. James Cunnar
Family Medicine 29 years experience
Vaseline: Start with using vaseline at bedtime. Petroleum jelly is an emollient, and will help seal in moisture. If the symptoms persist, consider seeing your... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. James Cunnar
Family Medicine 29 years experience
The : The best choice was to be treated, whether or not you were tested. You've both now been treated, which is the most important thing. If you are fem... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Cunnar
Family Medicine 29 years experience
Yes: Any hormone therapy can have effect on breast tissue. Even though the shot is of medroxyprogesterone, it could still cause breast discomfort. Ibupro... Read More
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Cunnar
Family Medicine 29 years experience
Costochondritis: It could be inflammation of the joints where your ribs meet your breastbone (sternum). If indicated and safe, anti-inflammatories such as Ibuprofen a... Read More
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Testimonials
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May 4, 2013
A strong independent voice for medicine who clearly puts his patients' interests before those of corporate medicine. His answers on this site are thorough, insightful and plain spoken... just what pa...Read More
Mar 9, 2014
Dr Cunnar has a vast fund of knowledge that allows for effectively contributing to this online community of health.
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Cunnar is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Thank you. I have considered an enema. I would do anything not to use laxitives, even surgery! every time I have used them even those kind, the waves of pain that I get for 2-4hrs till bowel comes ou...Read More
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Thank you for the quick reply. I'm applying for private health insurance and my last cholesterol check had total of 251 (flagged as high), but HDL of 83. So I'm just outside of the 3 to 1 rule. ...Read More
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as short as the answer was,it helped alot. After sending out my question,i began to decrease my carbs and sugar intake and increase my vegie and fruit intake.My weight instantly began to drop. By the ...Read More

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Southern Illinois University School of Medicine
Graduated 1994MD

Medical/Graduate school

University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Graduated 1990MD

Medical/Graduate school

University of Notre Dame
MD

Medical/Graduate school

Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, IL
Graduated 1994MD

Residency

Memorial Hospital of South Bend

Awards

Top Doctor, First Place, Hinsdale Region, IL - Summer
2013
Most Influential, Third Place, Illinois - Summer
2013
Thought Leader, Second Place, Hinsdale Region, IL - Summer
2013

Affiliations

American Academy of Family Physicians
Illinois Academy of Family Physicians
DuPage Family Medicine

Publications

Effect of Pioglitazone Compared With Glimepiride on Carotid Intima-Media Thickness in Type 2 Diabetes
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