Coughing, sniffling, sneezing, and itching eyes. When you experience these symptoms, you know allergy season is here.
The 2013 allergy season is looking slightly more severe based on recent news reports. Predictions forecast a longer season for allergy sufferers to deal with.
According to WebMD*:
- One in five Americans suffer from allergy or asthma symptoms.
- Allergies cost the U.S. health care system and businesses about $7.9 billion a year, as one estimate suggests.*
- Global warming could be a contributing factor to a longer ragweed pollen season, which has increased by four weeks in the past 10-15 years.
Sometimes it is difficult to tell your allergy symptoms apart from a cold. The chart below might help you distinguish between them.
Flex Spending Allergy Relief
Luckily, there are ways to alleviate allergy symptoms with your FSA. FSA-eligible allergy and immunology procedures at the allergist office such as allergy tests are an FSA eligible expense.
As far as eligible products go, you have a few options. A number of allergy relief products are eligible without a prescription, whereas others require a prescription to be reimbursed under your flex spending account. Check them out at FSAstore.com!