I received free product and compensation from Claritin® to write this post about how to beat outdoor allergies. All opinions are my own.
Spring brings all sorts of opportunities to enjoy the outdoors, like these 101 Outdoor Activities for Kids. If you or your children are affected by seasonal allergies, there’s no need to let them hold you back.
A survey commissioned by the makers of Claritin found that spending just 20 minutes outside in nature can help make you feel happy. It also found that 97% of Americans feel that Spring is the time to get out and experience the simple joys that outdoor activities can provide.
Bring the joy of Spring to others with a photo of your own!
The 20 Minutes of Spring Project is a part of year two of a three-year partnership between Claritin and Boys & Girls Clubs of America, where Claritin has committed up to $500,000 to fund programming and create resources to help get kids outside. In the first year, they developed an outdoor activity guide to help staff at 4,300 clubs get local youth active outdoors.
This year, Claritin is providing an Imagination Playground to Boys and Girls Clubs of America in Harlem, NYC. Thanks to this partnership, kids at PS 125 in Harlem will be able to get out and have fun on safe new playground equipment, something that so many of us enjoyed when we were kids.
We all want our kids to be community-minded, and now is a great chance to help them do just that. It’s simple – post a picture of your favorite family-friendly outdoor spring activity on Facebook or Instagram with both #Claritin and #20MinutesofSpring by June 21, 2018. Every post triggers a $5 donation to Boys and Girls Clubs of America (up to $50,000).
How to Beat Outdoor Allergies: 6 Tips that Work
1. Know Your Allergy Triggers
Are you allergic to grass? Or is there a particular species of tree associated with your symptoms? Once you know what triggers your allergies, pay attention to your local weather news. If oak pollen is on your list, for instance, the local forecast can warn you when the oak count is high, so you know you’ll need to take extra precautions.
2. Take an Allergy Medicine Regularly
An antihistamine allergy medication like Claritin® helps stop the sneezing, runny nose, and itchy eyes or throat that allergies cause. When taken as directed, Claritin provides all-day relief without drowsiness. Whether you need 12- or 24-hour relief, or a chewable version for kids, there’s a Claritin formula for everyone.
3. Guard Your Yard
While you can’t prevent your neighbors’ oak pollen from floating on air, keeping oak trees out of your own yard will help reduce your exposure. Mowing grass regularly means it doesn’t have a chance to flower and release airborne pollen while playing on hardscaped areas rather than the lawn will reduce skin reactions.
4. Avoid High-Pollen Times
Sunlight causes flowering plants to release pollen, so the levels begin to climb an hour or two after sunrise. Pollen counts tend to peak around midday, and gradually fall as the sun goes down. This means the pollen counts are usually lower late in the day and at their very lowest when it’s dark. Timing your outdoor plans for late afternoons and evenings can help you avoid exposure to higher pollen counts.
5. Leave the Pollen Outside
Keeping your doors and windows closed and using your air-conditioner on high-pollen days will help keep outdoor allergen-triggers out of your home. It’s also a good idea to change clothes after spending time outside, so you aren’t bringing it into the house with you. Showering before bedtime to wash away any remaining pollen on your skin or hair is another excellent idea.
6. Watch the Weather
Pollen counts climb on hot, muggy days, so you’ll want to be sure to follow the steps above to help beat your outdoor allergies. But once that heat breaks? Those lovely Spring rains don’t just cool things off — they also cleanse the air of pollen. That’s the best time for those with allergies to get outdoors!
Want to help others enjoy the outdoors?
It’s simple – post a picture of your favorite family-friendly outdoor spring activity on Facebook or Instagram with both #Claritin and #20MinutesofSpring by June 21, 2018. Every post triggers a $5 donation to Boys and Girls Clubs of America (up to $50,000).