Cooling Gel Sheets for Fever Reduction: FSA Eligibility
No prescription required.
What are cooling gel sheets for fever reduction?
Cooling gel sheets are designed to be single-use products that are placed on the forehead to provide cooling relief that can assist in reducing a fever, as well as providing relief in the event of headaches and migraines. These products are available for both children and adults, and since they do not utilize any medication, they can be used in conjunction with other medicines and do not require a prescription for reimbursement like other OTC medications.
These gel sheets are water-based, but maintain their shape thanks to a special polymer and utilize menthol as a cooling agent on the skin. The cooling effects of these sheets can last up to 8 hours, and they can even be cut into shapes to fit appropriately. These sheets do not require refrigeration, and they can be affixed and removed easily and painlessly.
How do cooling gel sheets treat headaches?
In addition to being used as fever reducers, cooling gel sheets are also helpful in providing relief to headache symptoms. Cooling has been used as a treatment method for headaches dating back to the 19th century, and can be used to lessen the pain associated with headaches, but not completely eliminating it altogether. In part, some physicians believe that cooling pads have benefits that are rooted in psychology, as some patients have experienced immediate relief while others report nominal results. Ideally, these cooling sheets used in conjunction with common pain relief medications are extremely effective in alleviating headache pain.
In particular, cooling sheets have been found to be very effective in treating migraine auras, or the perceptual disturbances that could accompany the onset of a migraine. Cooling gel sheets could be effective in treating some of these aura symptoms associated with migraines, such as blurred vision, eye pain and numbness by providing relief during the beginning stages of these headaches and providing a distraction from the pain and discomfort of the migraine (Los Angeles Times).