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Think you may have allergies? You're not alone. More than 50% of the U.S. population is allergic to at least one known allergen. Walgreens can help you make sense of your symptoms--and help find the right products to treat them. 

Q: What are allergies?

A: Allergies result when your immune system reacts to foreign substances ("allergens") such as pollen. Even though an allergen might not be harmful, your immune system develops antibodies to fight it, triggering the release of substances such as histamines that cause allergy symptoms.

Q: Am I more likely to have allergies at certain times of the year?

A: Seasonal outdoor allergies can start in early spring and continue into the fall. Indoor allergies such as dust mites and pet dander can cause problems all year round.

Q: Which type of medication can help relieve my symptoms?

A: Antihistamines treat itchy eyes, runny nose and sneezing. Allergy eye drops help reduce itching, swelling and redness of the eyes.

Q: What non-medicated remedies should I try?

A: Consider rinsing your sinuses with a saline solution or a Neti pot to help flush thick mucus and irritants from your nose.

Q: Can children develop seasonal and indoor allergies?

A: Allergies are common in children. If one parent has allergies of any type, chances are 1-in-3 their children will develop an allergy. If both parents have allergies, the likelihood increases to 7-in-10.

Q: What tips should I follow when treating my child's allergies?

A: 1. Never give your child a new medication without first contacting their healthcare provider.

2. Only administer medicine formulated specifically for children--adjusting an adult dose can be dangerous.

3. Always read and follow directions on the medication package, such as recommended age guidelines.

4. Always use the dosing device supplied with the medicine (dropper, plastic cup, etc.).

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