Eligible Expenses to Keep in Mind during Winter Months

The winter months seem to run long. The cold, dry air, and spending a significant amount of time indoors can lead to rapid spread of cold and flu viruses. Fortunately, Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) and Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs) cover common eligible expenses you may need during the winter season. The following list provides eligible products that may come in handy during the long months of winter.

Asthma

Did you know that over 8 percent of Americans have asthma? For those affected, symptoms often worsen during the winter due to the cold, dry air and rapid spread of cold and flu viruses. Many asthma-related products are covered by your HSA and/or FSA, including the following:

  • Prescription Asthma medicine
  • Asthma oxygen flow monitor

Sinus Problems

The cold, dry winter air makes it hard for our nasal passages to produce enough moisture, causing the sinus cavities to dry out. The following eligible products can help relieve winter-related sinus problems:

  • Nasal sprays
  • Neti pots
  • Nasal strips
  • Sinus medicine

Dry Eyes

Not only does the winter air dry out our nasal passages, but it also irritate dry eyes. Staring at computer, phone, or TV screens can also irritate dry eyes. The following eligible products can help relieve the discomfort caused by dry eyes:

  • Over-the-counter eye drops
  • Eye masks for pain relief

Skin Distress

Our skin can become significantly drier during winter due to cold and dry air extracting natural oil from the skin that normally traps moisture. Lack of moisture can lead to irritation and itchiness, as well as flare-ups of chronic skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis. Many skincare products are covered by your HSA and/or FSA, including the following:

  • Lip care products
  • Prescription hand & body moisturizers and treatments
  • Prescription anti-itch treatment

Questions about other eligible expenses? Visit fsastore.com or hsastore.com for more information.

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